WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) – A 12-year-old Blue Springs, Missouri, girl who left her home Saturday night with a man she met online is back there this morning thanks to the Amber Alert system.

The girl and the man were taken in without incident in Wentzville on Sunday afternoon, not long after the alert was issued.

Wentzville Police Chief Kurt Frisz says a U-Gas convenience store clerk and several others recognized the two and led police to a diner, where he believes they were just waiting to be found.

“They received the Amber Alert much like everybody else did, and I think at that point they realized an effort to get away was going to be futile at this point,” Frisz says.

The suspect’s brother had driven off by then, but surrendered later in Ohio. Frisz says several citizens will recieve commendations for their roles in finding the girl.

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