Deputies use technology to bring missing teens to safety

Updated: 05/28/2014 2:23 PM | Created: 05/27/2014 10:11 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Bernalillo County Deputies say after two teenagers ran away from home, they were victimized.

Deputies say 35-year-old Robert Carr and 51-year-old Teddy Burnell promised them free food, alcohol and shelter, but that Carr, who the girls knew as “Jaco,” also raped them. Deputies used investigative tactics to track down the girls and bring them to safety.

“Just because they made the choice to run away doesn't mean they deserve whatever these other predators have in store for them,” SVU and Missing Persons Detective Kyle Hartsock said.

Deputies say two teenage girls took an offer of help from Burnell and Carr, but that Carr raped them. One of the girls was able to send a Facebook message to a family member, who called deputies, who then emailed Facebook.

“We sent an emergency request to them saying, this person is in danger, they're a child, we need to find out where they logged in from as soon as possible,” Hartsock said.

Facebook tracked the message to an internet account and phone number belonging to Teddy Burnell. Deputies called the number and got ahold of one of the girls, who posed as a girl named Keyleigh and helped them meet up with the other girl, who wanted to go home.

They met the girl near the Walgreens at Coors and Sequoia and the girl led deputies to the other missing teen and Burnell.

“They were with complete strangers who absolutely did take advantage of their situation in a violent way. One of those people who is still at large that we're looking for,” Hartsock said.

Both teens are now with their parents.

Carr was taken into custody Wednesday at a bonding company in downtown Albuquerque.

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