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KSP Arrests Missouri Man On Kidnapping Charge

Date of News Release: 05/29/2015

(Paducah, Ky.) - The Kentucky State Police received a call from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida on Thursday May 28, 2015 concerning a missing 16 year-old female juvenile. Through the Polk County Sheriff's Office investigation it was believed that the missing juvenile was with a John E. Rush, 46 of Pacific, MO whom she had met on the internet.

Polk County Detectives pinged the victim's cell phone, and updated KSP Communications with the possible locations of Rush and the juvenile. Acting on this information, KSP Communications notified McCracken County Sheriff's Office of the vehicle description and that the vehicle was believed to be westbound on Interstate 24.

At approximately 6:00 PM, McCracken County Sheriff's Deputies and Paducah Police Department Officers located and stopped the vehicle. The deputies detained both Rush and the missing juvenile while notifying KSP. Senior Trooper Eric Fields responded and took over the investigation.

Further investigation and coordination between Polk County Sheriff's Office and St. Louis County, Missouri Police Department showed the prior communications that Rush had with the victim were in a sexual nature. Rush arrived in Polk County, Florida and picked the juvenile up outside of her home around dawn on 05-28-2015. Rush had taken the juvenile without her parent's permission and he was trying to deprive them of having any custody of her.

Rush was charged with Kidnapping (Class B Felony) and Fugitive from Justice. The juvenile was lodged at the McCracken County Juvenile Detention Center as a runaway, awaiting her parents to arrive from Florida. Further charges are expected from Florida and Missouri.

Senior Trooper Fields continues his investigation. KSP was assisted by the McCracken County Sheriff's Office, Paducah Police Department, Polk County, FL Sheriff's Office, St. Louis County Police Department, MO, and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.