Missing Polk County teen found safe

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POLK COUNTY, Texas – The Polk County Sheriff's Office said a 15-year-old girl who ran away with her 19-year-old boyfriend on Oct. 15 was found safe Wednesday.

The teen, Breonna Whitman, was last seen at a Stripes gas station at FM 350 South and U.S. Highway 190, getting into a white Toyota Tacoma truck with two men, one of whom has been identified as her 19-year-old boyfriend, Salvador Soto. 

Deputies said they made several attempts to locate Whitman and that she was believed to be in the Houston area with Soto. 

An arrest warrant was issued for Soto on a harboring a runaway charge. He has been arrested, deputies said.


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