SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- A girl who was reported missing by her parents was found by police locked in the garage of a sex offender just hours later.
KTLA reports that the girl, estimated to be between 13 and 14, was reported missing by her parents on Tuesday night. She was considered a "critical missing person" due to her age, and a search was immediately organized.
Police reportedly called a number that was found in the girl's phone records. A man answered, but said he didn't know where the girl was.
Police ran a background check on the man, Kaene Dean, before responding to the home in which he lives with his parents.
Deputies searched the home and found the girl hiding in the garage early Wednesday morning.
She told police she met Dean, 26, at a grocery store that past Monday. They traded phone numbers, police say, and met again on Tuesday at the store. Tuesday night, she told police Dean took her to his parent's home and sexually assaulted her.
KTLA reports that Dean was ordered to register as a sex offender in 2008 after being charged and convicted on a count of indecent exposure.