UPDATE: Massachusetts State Police said in a news release Wednesday evening, that they have located the abducted girl and one suspect is in custody. The person charged is identified as Miguel Rodriguez, 24, of Springfield.
Troopers flooded the Massachusetts Turnpike in the Sturbridge and Auburn area in the eastbound lane after a motorist called 911 to report seeing the car. The car was stopped in a work zone where Charlotte Moccia, 11, of Springfield, was recovered.
The suspect has been transported to Mass. State Police-Charlton for booking The victim is being checked out by emergency medical personnel as a precaution, but she has no apparent injuries.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Massachusetts State Police and Springfield Police search for an 11-year-old girl who was reported to have been abducted Wednesday afternoon in the area of Princeton and Amherst streets. Police issued an AMBER Alert.
Preliminary investigation suggests that Charlotte was forced into a car at approximately 1:26 p.m. not long after she got off her school bus. Charlotte is described as approximately 4’2” tall and 60 lbs., with brown eyes and long brown hair. She is believed to have been wearing a white fur-lined jacket, khaki pants, and a dark shirt possibly with the logo Hampden Charter School and may have her school laptop with her.
A preliminary investigation suggests that a male was walking behind Charlotte and forced her into the back of an older model, dark blue or black Honda, possibly a Civic, with an unknown plate. Investigation indicates that the car was being operated by a female.
Anyone with information about this incident should call Massachusetts State Police at (508) 820-2300.
An earlier report indicated two people were arrested. We will update with any developments.