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Fredonia man charged in alleged kidnapping of 14-year-old girl in California

Posted at 9:17 AM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 09:17:05-04

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (WKBW) — The Sheriff's Office in Siskiyou County California says a Western New Yorker faces charges for allegedly kidnapping a 14-year-old girl.

According to the Dunkirk Observer, 20-year-old Patrick James Montross of Fredonia was visiting the area earlier this month, when he was found to have left the area of Happy Camp with the girl in his car.

Police say various methods were used to locate both Montross and the 14-year-old in nearby Elko, Nevada in Montross' car.

The Nevada Highway Patrol, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, and FBI in both California and Nevada assisted with the investigation.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “SCSO investigators are working with the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office to obtain an arrest warrant for Mr. Montross for law violations he is suspected to have committed in California. He may face additional federal charges. We are very relieved the teenager is safe and will soon be returned to her family. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the SCSO investigators, SCSO leaders, SCSO Dispatch operators, NHP troopers, FBI Agents, and District Attorney for assisting with this important case – Their efforts helped to return a 14-year-old teenager safely home to her family. There is still work to be done and anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

It is believed Montross will face several state and federal charges.