Michaela Bruce: 'Missing' teen found alive in van

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Michaela Bruce, who was reported missing Tuesday, was found alive Friday night.

Springfield Police said 14-year-old Bruce was found with 44-year-old Mark Edwards in the back of a red and silver van. Sheriff's deputies stopped the vehicle in front of an apartment complex in the 1100 block of East John Street at about 10 p.m.

The driver of the van told deputies his name, said he was a friend of Edwards, and that he tried to convince Edwards to turn himself in. A woman rode as a passenger, but her relationship to those involved remains unclear.

Deputies asked the driver to take the van downtown to the sheriff's office.

They said a tip about the van initially led them to a gas station, and they located it shortly after.

When Bruce was reported missing, deputies said Edwards is charged with having a sexual relationship with her, and they believed he had abducted her.

Lt. Jeff Meyer asked the public to be on the lookout for a silver Montana minivan Friday afternoon.

Meyer never said if Bruce was in danger.

The Montgomery County prosecutor's office said the bond for Edwards will likely come over the weekend, and will include new charges of felony fleeing and eluding. Edwards could also face a misdemeanor interference of custody charge.

The $50,000 bond set for Edwards in previous criminal charges has been forfeited.

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WHIO News Center 7 contributed to this report.

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