Missing Georgia teen found in Tennessee, family ready to have her home again


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) –  We are learning that 15-year-old Calah Waskow is still in Tennessee where she was found alive after being abducted by 37-year-old Jason Johnson.

Waskow’s family says the judge in this case is making sure she undergoes extensive evaluations.

This procedure is a way to ensure this doesn’t affect her in the future.

Waskow will then be brought back to Georgia by a Columbia County investigator.

Johnson remains in custody at the Sevierville Police Department jail.

NewsChannel 6 has confirmed he has an extradition hearing in Tennessee next week.Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – A missing Georgia teen, Calah Waskow, was found alive in Tennessee.

Her abductor, 37-year-old Jason Johnson, was taken into custody by the Sevierville Police Department.

Johnson is wanted for Aggravated Child Molestation, Child Molestation, Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

Columbia County investigators say on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 Waskow was abducted by Johnson.

However, on Saturday night her family is breathing a little easier knowing she will be back home and in their arms soon.

“Thank God my little sister is safe,” Jayson Wheatley told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

Wheatley, Calah Waskow’s brother, says he is anxiously waiting to see and hug his sister again.

The agony and desperation his family’s been dealing with since her disappearance, almost a week ago, is something he says he’s glad is over.

“It’s a burden taken off my shoulders. I can finally get some rest all night,” Wheatley said. “I don’t have to go out looking for this guy. It’s a real relief. It’s an answered prayer.”

Columbia County investigators say the teen and her abductor were followed from gas station to gas station on Interstate 40 in Tennessee.

A motorist called in a tip to the Sevierville Police Department that the driver and occupant matched the description of the Georgia Amber Alert.

Officers arrived at the Russell Stover candy store where they arrested Johnson.

Waskow was taken to the nearby emergency room to be evaluated by physicians.

Wheatley says he hopes to meet the gentleman who took the time to follow the car around, until officers were able to arrive and potentially saved his sisters life.

“Thank you so much. You’re an angel. You’re god sent. I would like to meet you personally and shake your hand and tell you thank you. There is a reward for anyone that led to the arrest of Jason and Calah coming home. So the reward is available for you and I’m more than willing to give it to you.” Wheatley said.

For now Wheatley says his family plans to make sure Calah gets all the help and therapy she needs so this doesn’t affect her in the future.

Still he has an important message for anyone who may have been targeted by Johnson.

“So to all the girls out there if he has done anything like this with you. Don’t be scared. Now would be the time to come up and plead your case and be heard you won’t be judged, and he can finally be punished for everything he’s done wrong to all of these girls,” he said.

Wheatley tells NewsChanenl 6 a Columbia County investigator is on his way to pick-up his sister in Tennessee at this time.

Her family has to wait for a judge to give them the O-K before they can see her.

NewsChannel 6 is working to confirm when Johnson will be extradited to Georgia.Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 

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