Sacto 9-1-1
August 20, 2013
Merced man arrested after allegedly arriving at SMF with 14-year-old runaway

A 28-year-old Merced man is in custody in Sacramento County after he allegedly flew a 14-year-old runaway out to California from her home in Connecticut, according to authorities.

Nathan Salas mugshot.jpgThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department alleges that Nathan Salas met the teen online and cultivated a relationship over the course of several months.

Salas allegedly flew out to Connecticut and picked up the girl, said sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos. Deputies contacted the pair as they arrived at Sacramento International Airport late Monday night, Ramos said.

Deputies contacted the victim's father in Connecticut, who confirmed he did not know Salas and had not given permission for the girl to leave with him, Ramos said. Deputies then arrested and booked Salas on suspicion of intentionally concealing a child without parents' consent, a felony. He is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to jail booking records.

The girl's parents reported her missing Monday after she disappeared from their home in Hamden, Conn., leaving behind a suicide note, Ramos said. While conducting their investigation, Hamden police found Salas' phone number in the victim's phone, and learned he was from Merced.

The Merced County Sheriff's Department then contacted airport officials, and further investigation revealed the pair's travel plans from Connecticut to Sacramento, Ramos said.

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