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Augusta missing teen and molestation suspect found in Burke County

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) - UPDATE: 

This missing persons case could have ended a whole lot worse.  But as a result of the suspect and the teen going to a place routinely patrolled by deputies, the story ended well. 

"One of our deputies that was on routine patrol happened to see the motorcycle," explained Chief Lewis Blanchard with Burke County Sheriff's Office.  

A lime green bike on a proactive patrol is all one Burke County Sheriff's Deputy needed to bring a missing Richmond County teen girl home.

Chief Blanchard added, "He did come to he door.  We didn't have to do any forced entry or anything like that.  He came outside and was taken into custody without incident."

Deputies found 41-year-old  Fritz Wedgeworth in a camper in the 4600 block of River Road.  He is a registered sex offender.  Inside was 15-year-old Areanna Guy who was reported missing after leaving Butler High School Wednesday afternoon.  The two made it to that camper in the country, where Chief Lewis Blanchard says a small amount of marijuana was also found in the camper he was leasing.  Because the area is highly patrolled, it made the rescue easy.

"Sometimes God makes our job a little bit easier," Chief Blanchard said.  "Everything happens in the world for a reason.  Sometimes people are in the right place at the right time."   

Photojournalist: Gary Hipps

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UPDATE:

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office tells us that 15 year old Areanna Guy has been located as well as 41 year old Fritz Wedgeworth Jr.

Both were found in Burke County.

RCSO Investigators are currently en route to Burke County.

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Richmond County investigators need your help finding a missing teen. 

15 year old Areanna Guy was last seen around 1:00 pm Wednesday at Butler High School on Lumpkin Road.

She was wearing a teal t-shirt, blue jeans, brown shoes a black hoodie jacket and black Nike book bag. 

Investigators say she may be in the company of 41 year old Fritz Wedgeworth Jr. who is wanted for child molestation.

Wedgeworth is described as 5’8, 195 lbs with tattoos on his neck and above his right eyebrow.

He was last seen riding a 2014 Black/Green Kawasaki Ninja EX300 with Georgia Tag ERZ135. 

If you have any information on where the two may be you're urged to call police.

Investigator Lucas Heise at (706) 821-1126, or any Investigator at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office by calling (706) 821-1020 or (706) 821-1080.


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