Jessica Parham was found Saturday at the Tennessee State Fair by an off-duty Lewisburg police officer. (Photo from TBI)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
A teen taken from her Lewisburg home last week was found by an off-duty Lewisburg police officer at the Tennessee State Fair on Saturday.
Lewisburg K-9 officer Shawn Crawford was at the fair with his family when he saw Jessica Parham, 15, with Roberto Vasquez Cruz.
"I was letting my son ride some, and that's when I looked over and saw her standing there," said Crawford. "I just walked up and asked her what her name was. I told her I was Officer Crawford with the Lewisburg Police Department and she just kind of dropped her head.
"I was glad we got her back."
Crawford was one of the first officers to respond to a call for help when Parham was reported missing on Sept. 6.
"They gave us a description of a vehicle that may be out there to be looking for, and we started canvassing the area to make contact with that vehicle," said Crawford. "It was starting to look bad. We couldn't find her. We just had no leads."
Family members told police she had never run away from home before. An endangered child alert was issued on Sept. 9.
Early last week, police received reports of possibly seeing Parham with an Hispanic male at the Nashville Zoo.
Cruz is accused of taking Parham from her home and taking her to his home in Hermitage. Police said he sexually assaulted her.
Cruz has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts of rape and aggravated assault. He will have a court appearance on Thursday.
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