Police: Missing Kentucky teen found in Glassport man’s apartment
A Glassport man is in jail after police found a missing Kentucky teenager naked inside his apartment, police said.
The 16-year-old girl from Paducah, Ky., allegedly told police that she was going to marry the man and he’d protect her.
Rory Shelton, 56, is charged with interfering with the custody and obstruction of justice, having lied to police the first time he was asked about the child.
The girl was reported missing May 2, according to police.
Paducah police contacted Glassport police the same day, indicating at the time that the girl was reported missing by her foster family and she’d been communicating with a man in Pennsylvania just before her disappearance, according to the West Kentucky Star. That man was later identified as Shelton.
Glassport police went to Shelton’s apartment on Monongahela Avenue last week, according to the criminal complaint against him. He allowed officers to check his bedroom and said he had no knowledge of the teen.
Officers asked the apartment building manager to check security footage from the building, and the manager sent investigators video that showed the teenager going into the building with Shelton on May 3, police wrote.
Police spoke with Shelton again Tuesday, and he admitted the teenager was in his apartment, according to the complaint. Police found the girl inside the apartment.
During his interview with police, Shelton said he’d been talking to the girl via Instagram. He said he rented a car and picked her up at her Paducah home about 3:30 a.m. the day she was reported missing, according to the complaint.
The teen had been wearing a court-appointed monitoring bracelet that Shelton said he cut off with scissors, he told police. He said he drove the girl back to his apartment and admitted to lying to officers during their first conversation, police said.
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter .