Missing Girl Suspect Arrested

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Georgia officials have a man in custody who is wanted for questioning in the disappearance of a Florida girl last month.

Nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford vanished February 23rd from her bedroom in her family's house in Homosassa, about 60 miles north of Tampa.

The Citrus County sheriff's office says deputies in Georgia arrested John Couey Thursday. A spokeswoman for the Florida sheriff's office says deputies arrested the 46-year-old sex offender because he didn't notify Florida that he was leaving the state. Sex offenders are required to do so.

The spokeswoman says investigators are on their way to question him.

Officials say he lived near Lunsford's home before he left for Georgia without telling authorities.

Officials say Couey sometimes stayed with a relative who lives about 150 yards from Lunsford's home.

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