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Missing Idaho girl found, suspect arrested in Spokane Valley after Amber Alert

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 9, 2021

A 15-year-old Lewiston girl has been found safe and a suspect is in custody after an Amber Alert was declared for the girl Monday.

Washington State Patrol spokesperson Ryan Senger said the girl  and 36-year-old Jonathon Wayne Bowles, a sex offender who had three warrants for his arrest in Garfield County, were located Tuesday night near Maxwell Avenue and Park Road in Spokane Valley.

Senger said a resident called 911 Tuesday to report the vehicle Bowles was driving on Pines Road near Valleyway Avenue. WSP troopers reportedly spotted the car near Pines and Trent Avenue and tried to stop it.

Senger said the vehicle came to a stop for a short time, at which time troopers saw a male and female inside the vehicle. But the vehicle fled and a short pursuit ensued.

The vehicle was ditched on the 1800 block of North Ely Road, he said.

The girl was taken into protective custody, Senger said. He said she received medical treatment but there was no indication of injuries.

Bowles was listed in the Spokane County Jail roster with charges of attempting to elude police, third-degree assault on an officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, obstructing an officer, resisting arrest and second-degree kidnapping.

Editor’s note: This article was updated on Dec. 9, 2021 to remove the girl’s name because she has been located and because law enforcement believes she is a victim of sex crimes.

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