JERSEY CITY, N.J. (PIX11)—PIX 11 News first brought you the story of a missing 13-year-old girl from Wayland, Massachusetts this Monday. The teen had been spotted on surveillance camera at Port Authority after taking a Peter Pan bus on November 4th. Her father appeared on the PIX 11 Morning News days later to get the word out. A PIX 11 viewer saw that report, called police, and now, that teen has been reunited with her family. But, it's not all good news.
The teen endured a horrible ordeal at the hands of a 42-year-old Jersey City man. Police say Jorge Luis Garzon repeatedly raped the runaway during the 11-day period. Cops arrested Garzon and charged him with aggravated sex assault, child endangerment and child abuse charges. They say he is a divorced father of 3, with a record for robbery. Because of the nature of those charges, we've chosen not to use that teen's name to try and protect her identity.
Facebook account. I monitor her emails."
And still, his daughter apparently hooked up with Garzon online. The father says he didn't see any signs of trouble other than what he called typical teenage angst, and he kept an eye out. So, parents, this story seems to prove you can try and do everything right, and still something can go terribly wrong. We also learned that the 13-year-old left a note that reportedly said, ""Don't look for me. I'm not lost, I'm found."
PIX 11 News went to Garzon's Winfield Avenue home in Jersey City on Friday.
One of the tenants, Eduardo Morillo, told us he'd seen the girl a couple of times in the last ten days and thought she was "part of the family. I saw them hugging and playing around. Normal. She seemed happy."
Morillo was surprised to hear the girl was only 13. "She doesn't look 13," he said. "She looks 19 or 20." . But Morillo's most interesting information concerned George Garzon's computer. Morillo said on Tuesday, the day before Garzon was arrested, he summoned Morillo to his 3rd floor apartment and asked him to "re set" his computer programs. Morillo is a computer technician.
"He was asking me some questions about the programs," Morillo said, noting again that Garzon wanted a new system installed. "Re-set the system, put the programs back," Morillo said. Does that mean he wanted you to clear out the old programs, e-mails and stuff?, PIX 11 asked. "Yes," Morillo said. Detectives will look at whether Garzon was trying to erase evidence of his communications with the girl, while she was still living in Massachusetts.
Investigators from the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office showed up at the house during our interview with Morillo and brought him to their headquarters for more questioning.
We also met a high school senior on Winfield Avenue, Tyqwagea Woodward, and we asked her about her Internet chatting. "I don't talk to no guys online," Woodward told PIX 11. "I have to know you to talk to you."
If you are that PIX 11 viewer who watched our show, and called in with that tip, we would love to hear from you. Please reach out to us on our Facebook page or through Twitter. Also, please know that your actions helped reunite this young girl with her family in time for her dad's birthday. He says it's the best present he could ever get.
While that teen was still on the run, her dad set up a Facebook page and took to Twitter to get the word out. He tweeted, "A tip from my appearance on PIX led to my finding my daughter. I will always be grateful to them."