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Wednesday, January 22, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Missing girl found on Montana Indian reservation

By Associated Press

WOLF POINT, Mont. – A missing 4-year-old girl was found Sunday on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana, just a few miles from where she was reportedly abducted while playing in a park.

Roosevelt County spokesman Lee Allmer said the girl was undergoing a medical exam to make sure she was not harmed.

The girl was found by Undersheriff Corey Reum a few miles north of Wolf Point, the town where witnesses say she was taken by a young man about 9:30 p.m. Friday.

A suspect, John Lieba, was apprehended in Wolf Point while driving around after several witnesses at the park identified him, Allmer said. Lieba, who is about 20 years old, and the girl are not “blood relatives,” he said. Both are Native Americans.

“She was found apparently in good health,” Allmer said. “We’re not divulging the location. The investigation is still active.”

Early Sunday, an Amber Alert for the girl was allowed to expire, but a missing child alert was issued and signs posted asking people to keep an eye out for her.

The FBI is in charge of the investigation.

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