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Missing Girl, Soldier Met on Internet

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A 14-year-old girl who apparently ran away with an airman she met on the Internet did not appear to be with him against her will when the pair was seen in Nebraska last week, the FBI said. Senior Airman Brooker Maltais, 22, and Ceara O’Connell of Brighton, N.Y., were seen by a friend of the airman’s at Maltais’ apartment near Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., on Dec. 21, agent James Lovelace said. Maltais is absent without leave. The girl, a high school honor student who relatives said never dated, was last seen by her family at a Rochester mall Dec. 19.


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