19-year-old taken into custody after New Madrid Co. girl disappears from home

19-year-old taken into custody after New Madrid Co. girl disappears from home
Published: Aug. 30, 2016 at 1:14 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2016 at 5:15 PM CDT
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SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - A man is facing charges in connection to the disappearance of a 14-year-old New Madrid County girl.

Sonny Lynch, the Deputy Chief of Police in Clinton, reports 19-year-old Keegan H. Burkhart was taken into custody and released after the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department issued an Endangered Person Advisory for Christian Blair Burton on Monday, Aug. 29.

She disappeared from her home on County Road 824 in Sikeston, Missouri around 7 a.m.

According to the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, Burton was found late Monday evening in Clinton, Mo.

Lynch reports they got an anonymous tip about Burkhart's location.

Police found Burkhart and Burton around 11 p.m. in the 300 block of North 5th Street in Clinton.

Lynch says Burkhart is facing second degree child molestation charges, a class a misdemeanor.

Police have applied for an arrest warrant for Burkhart.

Investigators are still working to determine how Burton got from New Madrid County to Henry County.

According to Clinton police, the two apparently had contacted each other a great deal over the internet.

The New Madrid County Sheriff's Department reported Burton was left alone at her home when her father left for work at 6:50 a.m. on Monday. Her mother arrived home from work and discovered the Burton was missing along with her cell phone.

Investigators originally said Burton's mother told investigators that Burton is home-schooled and that she had an online relationship in 2015 with an unknown 40-year-old male.

However, the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department posted on Tuesday that the teen never had a relationship with a 40-year-old man.

The sheriff's department said during the initial stage of the investigation, a lot of was information shared between different law enforcement agencies. Somewhere along the way some of the information was misinterpreted and shared with the media.

Sheriff Stevens would like to thank everyone for getting the word out about Burton.

In less than 12 hours the post had around 1,900 shares and had reached approximately 55,000 people all over the United States.

"Community involvement in spreading information in these kinds of cases make a HUGE difference in the outcome of the case," the department posted on Facebook. "We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to serve such a supportive community."

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