Missing Redding Teen Found Safe, Uncle Arrested

SAN FRANCISCO — A missing 15-year-old girl was found safe in San Francisco today, and police arrested her uncle who allegedly took her from her Redding-area home last month, San Francisco police and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said.

Jean Marie Berlinghoff went missing from her home on Nov. 10 and was believed to be with her uncle, Charles Berlinghoff, 34, who is from the San Bernandino area of Southern California, according to the sheriff’s office.

A $100,000 arrest warrant had been issued for Charles Berlinghoff for allegedly keeping his niece from her parents.

Jean Marie was found safe and her uncle was arrested in the Mission District this morning, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said.

Esparza said more information on the arrest would be available later this afternoon.

This is the second child abduction case that began outside of the Bay Area to be resolved in San Francisco in two days.

On Friday afternoon, police arrested a Virginia man suspected of kidnapping a girl.

Brittany Mae Smith, 12, was found safe and Jeffrey Scott Easley, 32, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping her in Virginia’s Roanoke County last week.

A resident spotted them both at a Safeway store in the city’s Outer Richmond neighborhood on Friday afternoon.

Go to this San Jose Mercury News story.

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