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Teen suspect in Riverton AMBER Alert faces kidnapping charge

Posted at 7:38 PM, Apr 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-11 09:56:25-04

RIVERTON, Utah — A 14-year-old girl and her younger sister were found safe within about 30 minutes of an AMBER Alert being sent out Sunday evening.

Riverton Police issued the alert around 7:30 p.m., saying the teen took her guardian's car and drove off with her 7-year-old sister inside. They had last been seen around 4 p.m. Sunday.

It was initially believed that the teen may have been driving to Idaho, where her biological father lives.

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The alert was called off shortly after 8 p.m., and Riverton Police told FOX 13 News that both girls were found safe in Salt Lake City. The "suspect" reportedly saw the alert while at Liberty Park, approached a nearby police officer and turned herself in.

Officials said she will be booked into a juvenile detention facility on charges of kidnapping and vehicle theft.


Utah's criteria for an AMBER Alert: (via

  • Law enforcement believes a child or children have been abducted
  • Law enforcement believes the victim(s) face imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death
  • The child or children are 17 years old or younger
  • There is information that could assist the public in the safe recovery of the victim or apprehension of a suspect