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13-year-old runaway found with registered sex offender

Bobby Allen Osborne, 40, who police believe picked the girl up in Southaven, was arrested and will be extradited back to Mississippi on a kidnapping warrant. (Source: Southaven Police Department) Bobby Allen Osborne, 40, who police believe picked the girl up in Southaven, was arrested and will be extradited back to Mississippi on a kidnapping warrant. (Source: Southaven Police Department)

(WMC) - A 13-year-old girl who ran away from her Southaven home was found in South Carolina with a registered sex offender.

The girl is in protective custody. Her parents told WMC Action News 5 around 5 p.m. Thursday that they were on their way to pick her up. They are distraught and emotional but ultimately happy she is OK.

The girl's mother called police Monday to report that she found evidence her daughter had been chatting with an older man on her cell phone.

The man pretended he was in his late teens, but in reality, police say he was 40-year-old Bobby Allen Osborne.

"We know there are predators out there just patrolling and trolling and looking for these children," Southaven Police Chief Tom Long said. "So we really feel like we averted a great tragedy."

His department coordinated with Verizon to track down Osborne.

They found him and the 13-year-old DeSoto Central Middle School girl in Anderson, South Carolina.

The South Carolina sex offender registry shows Osborne was convicted of lewd acts with a child in 1995 and Voyeurism in 2006. His previous victims range in age from four to 13.

Southaven Police say Osborne drove more than 500 miles to pick up the girl and then 500 more to take her back to his house.

"It will never cease to amaze me that people still believe everything they see online. They still believe everything people tell them online," said Long. "Always, always monitor what your child is doing on that computer."

Osborne is in custody in South Carolina. He faces kidnapping charges in Southaven.

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