July 14, 2020, 11:50 a.m.
A California man is in prison and a missing teenage boy has been found.
Sergeant Jeff Eichenbusch of the Roseburg police said about a week ago that the department was investigating a report about a teenage boy missing in the area. Eichenbusch said during the follow-up investigation that the investigators learned that the teenager had previously been involved in online contact with a man who was believed to be from Southern California. Online contact was initiated via social media sites.
Eichenbusch said the man was identified as a 26-year-old Los Angeles Travis Smith. Information obtained during the investigation made the authorities believe that Smith came to Roseburg to meet with the adolescent. Eichenbusch said that over the next two days, investigators from the RPD, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Los Angeles Police Department had been working to find the suspect. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also provided support in this case.
Eichenbusch said on Saturday that Smith had been in Los Angeles with the missing teenager. The teenager was taken into protective custody and Smith was arrested.
On Monday, Smith was charged with kidnapping, seduction of a minor into criminal sexual activity, transportation with the intention of engaging in criminal sexual activity with a minor, and travel with the intention of engaging in illegal sexual activity with a minor. The U.S. Attorney General in the Central District of California is following the case.