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Missing NC girl, sex offender found in South Florida

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CARTERET COUNTY (WCTI) -- A 12-year-old girl who was reported missing on Monday has been found. FBI officials said that Abigale Lefevers and Timothy Newman were located at a parking lot a block from Interstate 95 near Miami, Florida.

Her father says he's now breathing a big sigh of relief.

"I’m so excited for her to have been found and to be on her way back to me," Robert Lefevers said.

Brunswick County Sheriff's deputies had joined in the search for the Carteret county girl after reports she was last seen in the area, with the 38-year-old Newman, who is also a registered sex offender.

After it was discovered, she had her father's debit card, police started tracking purchases, which led them to Florida.

"Tim Newman was caught on video tape, using my debit card and that's what pinned him again," Robert Lefevers said. "They just tried to use the credit card again in Miami and that's when they were spotted and located."

An Amber Alert was issued for Lefevers was issued Monday evening. Officials on Tuesday filed a warrant for Newman's arrest. That warrant, which carries a charge of child abduction, was filed through NCIC and NCAWARE.

Newman’s roommate said he believed Newman was involved with a woman, although now investigators suspect Newman was texting the 12-year-old girl.

Newman was taken into custody at the scene.

Authorities say the girl was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

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