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Authorities: Local Man Found with Missing 12-Year-Old Georgia Girl

Deputies arrested a Lake Worth Beach man Wednesday, after authorities found him in his home, with a 12-year Georgia girl he met online.

According to the arrest report, 19-year-old Martin Francisco Tomas was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail, and is awaiting extradition to Georgia.

The girl, who lives about 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, was located at Tomas’ home in the 700 block of A Street, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Her family reported to police in Cornelia, Georgia at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, that she had left home for a routine errand at around 11 a.m., but had not returned.

The statement does not explain how authorities identified Tomas, or how they initially learned about the situation. It also did not elaborate on how Tomas traveled to and from Georgia.

PBSO says deputies who were alerted by Georgia authorities went to Tomas’ home around 7 a.m. Wednesday, where they arrested him and recovered the girl.

Authorities did not know whether the girl had any injuries.

Meanwhile, Tomas is jailed on a Georgia warrant for interstate interference with custody, The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) says “additional charges are expected.”