KENTON, Ohio (WCMH)– The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed late Friday that 7-year-old Trinity Hurt was found alive near an abandoned home, by herself.
According to Chief Musser and Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, the girl was found on County Road 180. She had several bumps and bruises, but was in good condition. Detectives got a tip, from a local landowner, who informed a school resource officer that he saw something suspicious in that area.
Family are with the girl at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
Charles Eugene Castle has been charged with the felony of kidnapping in connection with the girl’s disappearance.
A warrant was issued for his arrest in Hardin County Municipal Court at about 4 p.m. Castle is now in the multi-county correctional center in Marion.
The court document said that the girl was removed from where Castle was alleged to have found her, and that he is not her parent.
Castle will be arraigned on Monday at 2 p.m..
The Kenton Police Department had said earlier Thursday that Hurt was considered missing and endangered. Several local agencies were searching for the young girl.
About 5:15 p.m., the City of Kenton’s mayor issued a letter on social media announcing that the parks at France Lake and Saulisberry Park would be closed. The letter had asked for help in conducting a search at France Lake on Saturday morning.
Hurt was last seen wearing pink or purple pajamas at her home in the 600 block of Leighton Street in Kenton.
During a news conference Friday, Kenton police say they were looking into her disappearance as a possible abduction.