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Girl found safe in Florida; sex offender arrested
Abigaile Lefevers
Abigaile Faith Lefevers

A 12-year-old girl who police said was kidnapped from North Carolina was found safe in Florida on Wednesday evening.
Timothy Howard Newman, 38, of Newport, N.C., was taken into custody without incident at a Denny's in Hallandale Beach, Fla., The Miami Herald reported.
The newspaper reported that hours earlier, detectives in Coral Gables, Fla., rushed to a gas station there after Newman used a credit card in an ATM, an action that alerted police.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation had launched a Levi's Call on Tuesday for Abigaile Faith Lefevers, 12, who was taken around 10 p.m. Sunday by Newman. They had last been seen Monday on U.S. Highway 17 in Horry County, S.C.
Authorities had suspected Abigaile of being in "extreme danger," according to reports shared by Georgia State Patrol Capt. Kirk McGlamery.
Newman is an experienced truck driver and was believed to be taking back roads, possibly to Florida, McGlamery said.
A Levi's Call is issued when law enforcement officials have reason to believe that a child age 17 or younger has been abducted and is in imminent danger of serious injury or death. It is also known as Georgia's Amber Alert.


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