Exclusive: Family of Rochester teen found in Minnesota wants answers

Updated: 05/07/2014 11:32 PM
Created: 05/07/2014 5:06 PM WHEC.com

News10NBC is learning new information in the unusual case of a Rochester teen that went missing. News10NBC learned that girl was found in Minnesota.

Fourteen-year-old Amber Goolsby went missing on Monday and police say a 53-year-old man has been arrested for kidnapping her. But Amber’s family still has a lot of questions. 

The last time Amber's father saw her, she was on her way into Wilson Magnet High School. But she never made it inside. 

It has been a nightmare for Al and Janice Goolsby. The Rochester parents learned their youngest daughter is safe, but she’s 15 hours and 1,000 miles away from home in Washington County, Minnesota, in a suburb of St. Paul. Her parents are still trying to figure out how she got there.

Al Goolsby, Amber's Father, said, “When I dropped her off, she went to the store. There's a store right there on the corner of Wilson School. On the way back, there was a truck asking for directions and we haven't talked to Amber to find out how she got into the car, but 24 hours later, we found her in St. Paul, Minnesota.”

What happens next is anything short of amazing. The Goolsbys say Amber called them on an old cell phone she found in the house where she had been taken. At the same time, the Goolsbys called 911. They were able to locate the teen and alert the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. 

News10NBC spoke with the sheriff by phone Wednesday.

Sheriff Bill Hutton, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, said, “Sheriff Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office did respond to that information and did in fact find that individual that they were concerned about and immediately took her into protective custody.”

Janice Goolsby says it is a miracle.

Janice Goolsby said, “All I say, if it wasn't for God, I don't think she would be here. She wouldn't be here. So many other things could have happen to her, but she's safe.”

The sheriff says there were two men in the home where Amber was found. One of them, a 53-year-old, was arrested for kidnapping. A 51-year-old man was also in the house. He was not arrested. Arrangements are being made for Amber’s return to Rochester.

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