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Missing Wheatland, CA Teen Recovered Safe in Southern Oregon
Chief Dan Boon
Wheatland Police Department
Office: (530) 633-2014
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP), working in cooperation with Yuba County Sheriff's Office and Wheatland Police Department, safely recovered a missing 16-year old girl Sunday in southern Oregon. An Oregon man was taken into custody during the traffic stop in the Grants Pass area and is presently held on criminal charges.
On Sunday, February 24, 2008, Oregon State Police (OSP) was contacted by Yuba County Sheriff's Office regarding an investigation initiated by Wheatland Police Department. Information developed in the joint investigation by the Wheatland Police Department and the Yuba County Sheriff's Office indicated that a 16-year old female with a diminished mental capacity had left Wheatland, California with a man she reportedly met through the Internet, possibly on MySpace. The man, identified as DAVID ANTHONY FABOO, age 37, from Hillsboro, Oregon, drove to Wheatland, California in a vehicle preliminarily described only as a white pickup. Their joint investigation indicated FABOO was attempting to take the female juvenile out-of-state into Oregon.
Additional information reported that as the 16-year old girl and the 37-year old man were driving northbound, the girl realized her error and began text messaging a friend requesting he come and get her. Wheatland officers worked with the girl's cell phone company to monitor cell phone pings generated by the text messages and tracked the northbound movements.
With limited vehicle information, dispatchers at the OSP Southern Command Center in Central Point began doing research in Oregon Department of Motor Vehicle files and located an Oregon registered vehicle to FABOO described as a white 2000 Dodge R15 pickup.
OSP Trooper Chris Walker and Trooper Brett Keller set up northbound Interstate 5 in the Grants Pass area and observed the pickup at 12:20 p.m. The pickup was stopped without incident and the girl and FABOO were contacted.
Both were detained and subsequently brought back to the OSP Central Point Area Command office for further investigation and interviews with OSP detectives.
Working in cooperation with Wheatland Police Department and Yuba County Sheriff's Office, FABOO was arrested for Kidnap in the Second Degree and Custodial Interference. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail with bail set at $1,015,000.00.
Later that evening, the female juvenile was reunited with family members at the OSP Central Point Area Command office.
Yuba County Sheriff's Detectives initiated contact with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as the victim was transported from California and into Oregon; and the FBI has also initiated an investigation.
Earlier today, a felony arrest warrant was issued by the Superior Court of California, Yuba County, for FABOO charging him with Kidnap with Intent to Rape (Cal Penal Code Section 209(b)(1) with bail set at $1,000,000.
There are several reminders that law enforcement and online communities such as MySpace agree can help in making safe decision about using online communities. This information can be found at www.myspace.com/msic/safetyTips.html:
  • Parents should talk to your kids about why they use MySpace, how they communicate with others and how they represent themselves.
  • Don't lie about your age. Online communities are public spaces and avoid posting any information that would make it easy for a stranger to find you.
  • Don't post anything that could embarrass you or expose you to danger.
  • Remember that people are not always who they say they are. Ask your children to be careful about adding strangers to their friends list.
  • Caution your children about meeting strangers at any time.