SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — Police say a 14-year-old girl who went missing from a Maine foster home has been found safe in Georgia and the man who took her there has killed himself.
Police had been searching for Heavenlee Benjamin for more than a week before finding her Tuesday. Heavenlee went missing from the Readfield foster home late last month.
The Kennebec (KEH’-nuh-bek) Journal <a target=”—blank” href=”https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/03/13/police-girl-missing-from-readfield-home-found-safe-in-georgia-but-had-been-in-dangerous-situation/”>reports</a> Maine state police were working with Georgia authorities to charge 35-year-old Robert Gooden with criminal restraint but he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday.
Police say Heavenlee met Gooden online and appears to have left the foster home on her own.
Heavenlee was found Tuesday morning at a home in Smyrna (SMUR’-nah), outside Atlanta. Police say they’re continuing to investigate whether other people were involved.