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Missing child alert issued for 11-year-old Orlando girl

Missing child alert issued for 11-year-old Orlando girl

Officials say Johnson appeared to have met Byrns in a video game chat room and that he posed as a 13-14 year old teen. The Orange County Sheriff says the girl thought she was interacting with someone her own age from IL - as did her parents.

Authorities said Byrns had no prior criminal record, but they are continuing a "very active investigation" into whether he contacted any other children inappropriately.

Police also told WESH that Byrns disguised himself as a female to pull "her into a trap, so to speak". "This person lived in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and he traveled quite a ways to get to her".

Byrns, pretending to be a girl in her young teens, began communicating with the victim after meeting her online through a PlayStation game, police said.

According to officials, Alice Johnson was last seen in the 9000 block of Eastport Terrace in Orlando.

At around 4 p.m. Bibb Sheriff's Deputies were contacted by Resident Agent in Charge Andy Smith, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Demings said the episode was a "cautionary tale" that should remind parents to monitor their children's online activity and be aware of who they are communicating with. He convinced Johnson to leave her home to meet him.

Byrns is now being held for the F.B.I.at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center.

"She's lucky to be alive, she's lucky the circumstances are not any worse than they are", police said. "He may be charged with additional charges", said Sheriff Demings.

Bryns is in custody and more charges may be filed.


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