Missing 6-Year-Old Jackson Girl Found Safe Miles From Home


UPDATED: Saturday July 27, 2013 10:49 AM

Authorities have a man in custody in connection to the disappearance of a young girl.

30-year-old Zach Dunn was arrested Friday evening and charged with abduction.

He is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $50,000 bond.

The Mayor of Jackson said a missing 6-year-old girl was found safe Friday afternoon.

Authorities had been actively searching for a young girl who disappeared early Friday, and authorities issued a statewide alert for her.

The mayor said that Macey Stewart, 6, was found in Liberty Township, about 6 or 7 miles from her home. She approached a home, and a woman who recognized her picture called authorities.

"We have found her safe and alive. This is a true definition of breaking news because this just happened moments ago as I was coming out here. We got a call and I don’t know if I'm allowed to give the location but at a spot outside of town - she just walked up to a house," said Jackson Mayor Randy Heath.

Officers went to the location and verified it was the child.

Officials told 10TV News that a teen heard a child crying and found Stewart crying in a back yard. She was unclothed and said she was hungry.

Jackson police said Stewart was in the care of a 16-year-old family acquaintance when she went missing at about 1:30 a.m. from her North Chestnut Street home.

The teen told police that he and the child were on the front porch, when a man stopped by the house asking to use the phone. The teen said that he went inside to grab a cell phone, and when he returned, the man and the 6-year-old girl were gone.

The girl's father and brother said they had left the home to change a tire.

Police, fire officials and Ohio State Highway Patrol investigators had searched for Stewart by land and air.

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