March 6, 2013 in Idaho

Runaway teen may have been aided by boyfriend’s mother

Staff report

A 14-year-old Coeur d’Alene girl reported as a runaway earlier this week took a train with the help of her 15-year-old boyfriend’s mother, according to police.

Jaidyn Deann Bendocchi was found in Bakersfield, Calif., on Tuesday. FBI agents have confirmed Bendocchi was in contact with a 45-year-old woman before she ran away, Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood said in a news release.

Agents believe Bendocchi met the woman’s son online, and the woman wanted to help them be together. She purchased a train ticket to Spokane, rented a car and drove to Coeur d’Alene, parking a block from Bendocchi’s house, the release said.

A short while later, the woman and Bendocchi stayed for a short time at the Red Lion Inn in Spokane before getting on the train to California, the release said.

Wood said the unidentified woman has not yet been charged with a crime. Authorities are continuing to work with jurisdiction guidelines to determine the appropriate charges.

Bendocchi will be returned to her parents, the release said.

Initial reports of a 27-year-old man somehow connected with the girl’s flight were based on his association with the home where she was found.

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