ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A missing teen from Rowan was found in a South Charlotte Hotel room with kidnap suspect, according to the Sheriff's Office.
NC SBI assisted Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in the search for 14-year-old Lauren Haynes.
A tip was received on the location of Jake Robert Kelly, 28, on Friday night. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Officers arrived at a South Charlotte Hotel over an hour from Rowan County.
CMPD located the suspect’s vehicle outside the hotel and found both Lauren and Jake Kelly inside.
CMPD waited until Rowan County Deputies arrived to escort both of them back to Rowan County to continue the investigation.
Jake Kelly is being charged with Indecent Liberties with a Minor, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Additional charges can surface for Jake Kelly as the investigation continues. He is now in jail on a $100,000 secured bond is in place
Haynes went missing from her China Grove home around 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. Detectives determined that she may have left the home with Kelly, who is from Statesville, that morning.
The Sheriff's Office says Haynes is in good condition and is reunited with her family.