Missing 14 year old teen, Savannah Pruitt found safe in Wisconsin while her adoptive father, Randall Lee Pruitt charged with rape in connection to the case.
Missing 14 year old Tennessee girl, Savannah Leigh Pruitt was on Thursday found safe at a home in Wisconsin. Arrested in connection with the girl’s disappearance was her adoptive father.
News of Savannah’s discovery – after missing close to three weeks – came after her adoptive father, Randall Lee Pruitt, 41, was arrested and charged with rape on Thursday afternoon.
On Thursday night, authorities said the rape charge was not in connection with the girl’s disappearance, but ‘rather’ related to the case WATE reported.
‘We don’t believe at this time he has any connection to her running away or missing,’ Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones said.
The rape charge – is part of the same case, but carries different charges, Sheriff Jones clarified. Officials could not comment on the date of the alleged rape crime.
Additional people are involved in Savannah’s disappearance and more people are expected to be charged in the case, officials added.
.@6News has been following this since the start. Earlier this week, Savannah Pruitt’s adoptive father, Randall Pruitt (arrested and charged with rape today) spoke about the national attention about her disappearance. #WATE pic.twitter.com/OZRzFBEX0T
— Madisen Keavy (@madisenkeavy) February 1, 2019
Linking Savannah Pruitt’s disappearance with her adoptive father’s arrest:
Sheriff Jones also could not confirm where in Wisconsin, Savannah was found, or how she got there. A tip through the FBI led to her location.
‘She is safe, she is in custody so that’s a very good ending to this,’ Sheriff Jones reiterated. ‘She’s doing fine.’
Savannah was last seen on January 13 at her family home in Madisonville, Tennessee, at around 11 p.m. Her family claimed they hadn’t heard from her since. It’s still unclear why or how she ended up in Wisconsin or whether she has ties there.
Officials are working on bringing the teen back to Tennessee.
The investigation is ongoing.