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UPDATE | Man charged after 12-year-old girl found wandering naked

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Published: Sep. 4, 2019 at 1:19 PM EDT
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UPDATE 9/4/19 @ 6:20 p.m.

The name of a man arrested in connection with a Kentucky girl who was discovered wandering naked along a roadside in northcentral West Virginia has been released.

Christopher Watson, 31, faces a third-degree sexual assault charge, according to the Harrison County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators say the girl was seen Wednesday morning walking along state Route 58 in Anmoore and she was able to identify Watson later.

Investigators say Watson was driving a red tractor-trailer cab.

Ashland Police Chief Todd Kelley told WSAZ earlier that his department was working with authorities in Harrison County on the case.

The Harrison County Sheriff says the 12-year-old girl was a runaway and had spent the night with the suspect. He said a passerby saw her naked on the roadside and called authorities.

The girl was taken to the hospital.

Watson is in custody in the North Central Regional Jail. His bond is $20,000.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.


ORIGINAL STORY 9/4/19

A suspect is in custody after investigators found a missing child in Harrison County, West Virginia.

Officials with 911 told our sister station WDTV they are checking to see if the child is from Ashland, Kentucky. Ashland Police Chief Todd Kelley tells WSAZ his department is working with authorities in Harrison County on the case.

WDTV reports police found a man with the child in Harrison County, West Virginia, on Wednesday morning. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene just after 10 a.m. on Anmoore Road including the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, Anmoore Police, and Nutter Fort Police.

The child was found safe and taken to the hospital.

Investigators have not released any other information about the suspect, other than the fact that he was driving a red tractor-trailer cab.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.