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Missing girl from southern Arizona found safe in South Carolina

Graham County Sheriff's Office

Authorities say a 12-year-old Arizona girl missing for more than a week has been found safe in South Carolina.

Graham County Sheriff’s officials say Betty Taylor went for a walk near her Safford home on March 20. Six hours later when she hadn’t return home, her family contacted authorities and a search began.

With the help of the FBI, sheriff’s officials say the missing girl was found Wednesday in the South Carolina apartment of 23-year-old Timothy Schultheis.

He is facing charges of kidnapping and custodial interference.

Authorities say Schultheis has been booked into a Beaufort County jail as he awaits extradition to Arizona.

Arrangements are being made to unite the girl with her family.