Sheriff's Office: Missing TN teen found safe in Wisconsin, adoptive father arrested

Randall Pruitt. (Image: Monroe County Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE: (Long after this story was posted to our website in January, 2019):

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Please know that this story is several months old. The girl is now safe with family members and getting help.

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Please encourage others to do the same, again, out of respect for her family.

You can read the latest developments in this story at this link, from June, 2019.

UPDATE (Thursday night):

Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones says Savannah Pruitt has been found safe in Wisconsin Thursday night, and her adoptive father Randall Pruitt has been charged with rape.

Sheriff Jones says Savannah is the victim of the rape.

NewsChannel 9's Bliss Zechman was in Madisonville Thursday night as Sheriff Jones held a news conference with updates in the case.

Sheriff Jones did not specify where in Wisconsin Savannah was found or how she got there, but said, "She's in good health, she's safe, she's warm, she's been fed - it was a good turnout."

Depend on us to update our story as we learn more.

PREVIOUSLY:

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says an arrest has been made in the search for 14-year-old Savannah Leigh Pruitt, according to WATE in Knoxville.

The sheriff's office released the following statement Thursday:

"Update on Missing Child Savannah Leigh Pruitt

The Monroe County (TN) Sheriff's Office has release the following information. Randall Pruitt has been arrested and charged with rape. No other information can be released at this time due to compromising the integrity of the investigation. More details will be released when the investigation is complete."

WATE reports Randall Pruitt is Savannah's adoptive father. He was booked into the Monroe County Jail on no bond Thursday.

The sheriff's office has not identified the victim of the alleged rape, or whether Savannah has been found.

Savannah was last seen going to bed at her home in Madisonville (southeast of Knoxville) on January 13th.

Her family says they found her bedroom window open and some of her clothes and sheets missing the next morning.

Her phone pinged in Corbin, Kentucky the day she disappeared, but there has been no sign since then.

This is a developing story. Refresh this page for updates as we get them.

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