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Tennessee man arrested in connection with Vernon Parish teen disappearance

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Posted at 1:34 PM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 14:34:40-04

A Tennessee man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a 17-year-old from Vernon Parish.

On Thursday, the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of 35-year-old Mark Owen of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Officers say the arrest is the result of a complaint received by VPSO on August 11th, at around 9:00 p.m. regarding a missing 17 year old female. After speaking with the family, deputies were told that the teen was last seen at the residence on the night of August 10.

Through further investigation Detectives identified Mark Owen of Tennessee as a person of interest in the disappearance of the juvenile. VPSO Detectives contacted the Louisiana State Police Fusion Center to assist in the investigation.

Officers from the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were able to locate Owen at his residence at around 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The teen was located at Owen's residence and she was remanded to the custody of the Tennessee Child and Family Services.

Owen was arrested on the Vernon Parish warrant and charged with one count of Aggravated Kidnapping. Owen will be extradited back to the State of Louisiana in relation to the crime.

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