An Amber Alert has been canceled after a 14-year-old girl who disappeared from her home in Arizona was found unharmed in Nevada on Sunday along with the suspect of having kidnapped her.
Police in Surprise, Ariz., Said previously that they believed Aubrey Gardner was kidnapped on Saturday by Jonathan Carson, 21, who was wanted by a major felony warrant for defecting from military service and was described as possibly suicidal.
The Amber Alert for Aubrey was issued early Sunday morning by the Surprise Police Department.
Sure: the missing girl from Arizona, Aubrey Gardner, 14 (left), was found unharmed in Nevada on Sunday afternoon along with the 21-year-old suspect Jonathan Carson (right)
The pair was last seen at this intersection of the Cactus and Reems roads in Surprise, Arizona.
It was canceled on Sunday night after Gardner and Carson were found during a traffic stop in Mesquite, Nevada, about 350 miles from Surprise, shortly before 6 p.m.
Both were placed in police custody. It was said that the girl was safe and healthy.
Mesquite police say that Carson will be charged in Nevada with criminal assault against a police officer, a misdemeanor that resists arrest and obstruction by police.
Aubrey's aunt, Sandy Black, told ABC15 Gardner had been talking to Carson for at least a month. The family does not know exactly how or where they were found, but suspects that the pair first connected online and changed phone numbers.
According to police, on the night of the girl's disappearance, Carson and Gardner texted non-stop until 4 am.
Police and family members say that Gardner and Carson met and had been texting for at least a month. They were looking for him for a major arrest warrant for defecting from military service
Family members described the girl as shy and introverted, but loving and sweet
Around that time, Aubrey ran away from her family's house through the window of her room with a small bag with her wallet inside, but not a cell phone. He wore a white T-shirt with Lilo and Stitch cartoon characters, blue jeans and sneakers with roses on his toes.
"We are very scared for her, she is shy, she is introverted, but she is affectionate and sweet," Aubrey's mother, Traci Gardner, told KVOA while the girl was still missing.
The Gardner family issued a statement on Sunday thanking the authorities for finding Aubrey.
"We appreciate the love and support we have felt in recent days," he said. "We are very happy that they find it and are safe."