Missing 13-year-old Texas girl found safe in Mexico Sunday night, after she crossed the border to meet older man who had been chatting her up online
Ashlee Hattermann skipped school on Friday and headed for Mexico after convincing a stranger to buy her a bus ticket from Katy, Texas to the border town of Laredo
Her parents said they believed the eighth-grader crossed the border to meet a 29-year-old man she had been speaking to on covert texting apps for a year
She was rescued Sunday night from a situation experts described as grooming sex trafficking
Late Sunday, Mexican authorities tracked the girl down and have returned her to her parents – details of the rescue remain unclear
Surveillance cameras caught 13-year-old Ashlee Hatermann after skipping class Friday, to take a bus to Laredo, Texas, on the Mexican border
A teenage runaway from Katy Texas was found safe in Mexico Sunday night, after running away from home on Friday to meet a 29-year-old man she had been talking to online.
Ashlee Hattermann, 13, was located with the help of Mexican authorities, though it’s unclear where exactly in the country she was found – or how.
Her parents Keith and Tiffany Hattermann said their daughter left behind a note, indicating she was on her way to meet a man she had been speaking to online for the past year.
‘We found a note in her room,’ Keith Hattermann told KHOU. ‘She calls the guy “daddy” and herself “baby girl.” (The note read) “Daddy owns my body and my soul,” over and over and over again down this sheet of paper.’
Ashlee Hatermann, [photo], has been found safe after crossing the Mexican border to meet a 29-year-old suspected sex-trafficker, whom she had been communicating with online
After the teen’s parents discovered their daughter was exchanging graphic sexual images and messages last May through her phone and on social media by using the covert messaging apps.
Her parents took away her phone and limited her internet access in May, after the teen admitted to communicating with a 29-year-old man who lives in Mexico.
The Hattermanns turned her phone over to the Harris County Sheriff Office’s Cyber Crimes Division, but nothing ever came of the investigation, they said.
‘There’s been an ongoing case since May of last school year when she was talking online with a sexual predator,’ her mother told the Houston Chronicle. ‘It was investigated by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and unfortunately they never followed up with it.’
A sheriff’s office spokesman denied this and said the case was very much still open.
A day after Ashlee went missing one of her friend’s revealed she had been communicating with someone on an iPhone for months in the Thornton Middle School library. The parents do not know where and how she got the second phone.
Tiffany Hattermann [the teen’s mother], was the last to see her eighth grader, after dropping her off Friday morning at Thornton Middle School.
‘There was nothing wrong when I dropped her off at school,’ she said. ‘The only thing that threw me off was she told me she loved me when she got out of the car.’
After attending just one class, Ashlee skipped school and headed for a greyhound station, where she convinced a stranger to buy a bus ticket for her to Laredo, Texas, on the Mexican border.
Surveillance footage captured the truant at the bus station, while the woman bought her ticket.