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Bend police find Portland teen in human trafficking case

December 26, 2019 GMT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old girl missing from Portland, Oregon, has been rescued by Bend police officers who were conducting a human trafficking investigation.

KOIN reports that officers pulled over a stolen car Tuesday as a part of their investigation. Inside were 40-year-old Portland resident Jennifer Johnson and 29-year-old Gresham resident Tyler Ford. The adults were with a teenage girl who was listed as a missing person from Portland.

When police searched the car, they say they found meth, as well as “numerous stolen and forged identification documents.”

Bend Police said they believed the teen, who is now safe, was being groomed for human trafficking purposes.

Johnson and Ford were both taken to the Deschutes County Jail where they face multiple charges. It wasn’t immediately clear if they had attorneys.