Missing 14-year-old girl found safe

By Samantha Ptashkin - Reporter
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Randy Johnson

MAGNOLIA - The family of a missing teen breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday after learning their 14-year-old daughter is safe.

According to Montgomery County sheriff's detectives, the girl was found Wednesday morning in Harlingen, Texas, which is about a six hour drive from her home in Magnolia. She went missing Monday, when she went outside to play and never returned home.

Detectives say she was found with her alleged kidnapper, 51-year-old Randy Johnson, inside a trailer home in the 15800 block of Executive Drive.

Video inside the trailer home shows a bare mattress and clothes tossed around. The girl's family believes Johnson, a former family friend, once lived in the area.

The girl's family say they jumped for joy when they found out at about 9 a.m. Wednesday that their daughter was safe. 

"I didn't sleep for two days, I didn't eat and I had all my friends in different places looking for her and putting fliers up," said the victim's sister

Johnson lived with the family for about eight months, but they kicked him out after they discovered he was getting too close with the victim.

"I was surprised because he said he was like an uncle to us, he loved and cared for us," said the victim's sister. "When I found out she was with him it hurt me."

"She's such a friendly and lovable girl and she doesn't realize some of the things people can do to brainwash her," said the victim's mother.

The girl's mother says she doesn't believe her daughter understands exactly what has happened, since she suffers from numerous mental disorders.

Once she was found she was taken to a hospital in Harlingen to get checked out.

As of Wednesday evening the family was still making plans to pick up their daughter in Harlingen. Neither of the girl's parents have a driver's license, so they were waiting to make arrangements to make the trip.

Johnson faces sexual assault charges in Cameron County. He is still being held in jail there until he is extradited back to Montgomery County, where he faces kidnapping charges.

**Editor's note: Local 2 News has chosen to protect the identity of this person because there is an allegation of sexual assault.

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