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16-Year-Old Girl Tells Police She Was Abducted
Updated May 5, 2013 12:12 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(BRIGHT) - A 16-year-old Dearborn County girl who was missing for more than 20 hours Tuesday has told police she was abducted.

Sonya Balsley was found by emergency responders just after 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 2700 block of Sneakville Road in Bright, Ind., less than two miles from her home.

Balsley was conscious but not very alert when she was found, firefighters said.

The Dearborn County Prosecutor's Office said the girl told detectives that she was taken from the back yard of her home and that they are investigating the allegation that she was taken against her will.

The girl's father, Erik Balsley, said she was doing fine and that she had been released from an area hospital.

The girl was reported missing at 6 p.m. Monday. Deputies were called back to the family's home when they discovered the word "woods" written in condensation on a window of the girl's bedroom.

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Family members said they had been receiving threats at their home in recent weeks after a conflict with another relative.

The family currently cares for eight adopted children, ages 5 to 18, with a range of physical and mental disabilities.

Police said deputies have been called to the home multiple times in the last six weeks for reports of threats and harassment.

Anyone with information about the girl's disappearance is asked to contact Dearborn County Dispatch at 812-537-3571 or the Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit at 812-537-3571.

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