Just 2 weeks ago, a 13-year-old girl from Dallas, Texas was reported missing. After an extensive search for the missing teen, she was found locked in a shed at a North Carolina home. Now, the man who owned the residence is facing several serious charges in connection to her disappearance and captivity.
This all came to fruition when the sheriff of Davidson County in North Carolina — Richie Simmons — received a phone call from a special agent. The agent worked with the Texas FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force. Simmons was told by the agent that a teenage girl who went missing from Dallas was with an adult in North Carolina. His name was Jorge Ivan Santos Camacho. Immediately after receiving the tip, Simmons assembled a team and descended on the 34-year-old’s residence in Lexington.
As Camacho was leaving his home that evening, he was arrested by Simmons’s team. As they search the property, they found a shed that was detached from the house. Inside the shed was the young girl. The owner of the property had no idea that Camacho had someone held captive in the outbuilding.
As the police investigated the circumstances surrounding the young girl’s disappearance, they found that she was in danger for quite some time. She’d been communicating with an adult using a social media website and the conversations were indicative of grooming. At one point, she was being slowly convinced to run away from her home in Dallas. On March 1, the last time the girl had been seen before she disappeared, cameras nearby captured a car that was registered to a town in North Carolina.
Camacho is currently facing several charges including felonies for child abduction, felonious restraint of a child, human trafficking, rape of a person under 15, and indecent liberties with a child. He is being held on bonds totaling $1.25 million. If convicted, he would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.