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OSP Traffic Stop Finds Two Runaway Girls, One in Hidden Compartment, and Arrest of Idaho Resident
01/03/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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A Kuna, Idaho resident was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers Saturday during a traffic stop east of Baker City when troopers found two missing runaway 14-year old Longview, Washington area girls in his pickup. One of the girls was found concealed in a hidden compartment in the pickup.
 
On January 2, 2010 at approximately 10:45 a.m. OSP Fish & Wildlife Trooper Brad Duncan stopped a 1995 GMC extended cab pickup displaying Oklahoma license plates eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 315 after seeing a girl not using a safety restraint in the right front seat. The driver, SHAWN MATTHEW GRADY, age 19, from Kuna, Idaho was also seen making several lane changes without signaling prior to the stop.
 
Duncan contacted the two occupants, including the teenage girl who was seen not using a safety restraint. The girl said she had no identification and couldn't remember her parent's phone number. While the troopers were trying to positively identify her, she gave a false name before eventually admitting her true identity and that she was a runaway from southwest Washington.
 
Senior Trooper Tracy Howard arrived to assist. The 14-year old girl was questioned away from the pickup and told Duncan that a second 14-year old runaway girl from Longview, Washington was hidden in a compartment inside the pickup.
 
Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of the second runaway girl, identified as the driver's girlfriend, underneath the rear passenger compartment bench seat. Troopers saw the girl after lifting up the seat. The two girls admitted they both were concealed in the hidden compartment for a brief period after they ran away.
 
Both girls were detained, questioned and turned over to Department of Human Services (DHS) workers. They were to be transported by DHS to The Dalles to be returned to relatives.
 
GRADY was arrested for two counts of Custodial Interference in the First Degree, a class B felony, and lodged in the Baker County Jail.