UPDATE 1/16/13 – Authorities arrested Angel V. Garcia, 55, from Draper, who is being charged with child kidnapping, child endangerment, and harboring a run away, in connection with the Brooklyn Gittins’ case. Garcia did know Brooklyn by associate through common friends, and the authorities state that Brooklyn was a “victim of kidnapping,” stated Sheriff Jim Winder and Garcia actively kept Brooklyn against her will.
During a press conference held on Wednesday evening, investigators stated that Brooklyn climbed out of her basement window and was picked up in a car and driven to a location where she was held by Garcia for several days. Garcia dropped Brooklyn off at the Walmart in South Jordan on Thursday night.
FOUND – UPDATE: 1/11/13 -“Brooklyn called her grandmother about 11:30 p.m. and told her that she was at the Walmart in South Jordan,” Salt Lake police said. “Her grandmother then called Utah police department. We responded to the Walmart and located Brooklyn. The disappearance is suspicious and we are still investigating where she went and who she was with. There are elements of this case that are extremely concerting. We are hopeful that, however, that this is simply a runaway,” police said Thursday.
Brooklyn Gittins, 13, was in her home, 13912 S. Friendship Drive (5755 West) in Herriman, Utah, when she went to bed at 8:40 p.m., said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal, but when her parents went to check on her at 7 a.m. Wednesday, she was gone.
There was no sign of a break in at the house and no one heard anything suspicious on Tuesday night.
Authorities are asking for volunteers to help search on Thursday morning and a tip line has been set up at 801-743-7280. Volunteers will meet at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stake center at 5562 W. 13680 South, at 8 a.m..
Searchers must bring photo ID and have been asked to dress for the cold weather.
Brooklyn is a white female, about 5 feet tall and 115 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Brooklyn may be be wearing black pajama pants with a Scottie dog pattern and a T-shirt with “Lake Powell” on it. She does not have her glasses with her nor her shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 801-743-7000.
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