MINNEAPOLIS, MN — A 15-year-old Alexandria girl who disappeared on August 8th was finally found to be alive after almost a month of being in captivity and tormented by sexual abuse.
The teen was outside her mother's home when she was convinced to hop inside a car that belonged to a family acquaintance. Once inside, the perpetrator brought her to a home in Carlos where she was repeatedly abused by the acquaintance and two other men.
Over the course of the next few weeks, the teen was sexually violated in multiple locations where her captors would bring her. Detained at a foreclosed home on Thompson Lake in rural Grant County, she made her escape Tuesday when the three men left the house to get lunch.
Swimming across the lake to a field, the teen was spotted by a farmer who recognized her as the missing girl police had been looking for.
"When I saw her face, I knew right away," he told news media.
The teen was harbored by the good Samaritan until police quickly arrived. Coincidentally, as soon as officers showed up, a suspect's vehicle drove by the scene and the teen alarmed police.
All three men were quickly arrested: 32-year-old Thomas Barker, 20-year-old Steven Powers and 31-year-old Joshua Holby.
Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels stated at a press conference that Barker had used zip ties to detain the victim for him, his friend and his roommate to repeatedly assault her for many weeks, threatening her with weapons if she did not comply.
The trio faces several felony assault, kidnapping and false imprisonment charges.