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13-year-old Plainfield Twp. girl found in North Carolina, man traveling with her facing charges

The 19-year-old man caught traveling with the girl is now facing kidnapping charges in Michigan.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich — UPDATE Oct. 4, 1 p.m.: The Kent County Prosecutor's Office is charging the 19-year-old man accused of traveling to North Carolina with a 13-year-old girl this week. 

Marquaress Josephs and the 13-year-old from Kent County were found in North Carolina Monday evening.

He's now facing a kidnapping charge. 

 Investigators with the Kent County Sheriff's Office are continuing to work with Child Protective Services and the family.

UPDATE Oct. 3, 7:15 p.m.: Ja'Da' Whitehead, 13, of Plainfield Township was located in North Carolina by the Winston-Salem Police Department on Monday night around 6:30 p.m.

Police also located 19-year-old Marquaress Josephs, who is now in custody. Police say they are seeking charges against Josephs.

Ja'Da' is in the care of the police and arrangements are being made for her return to Michigan.


The Kent County Sheriff's Office is searching for a 13-year-old who they believe left the state with a 19-year-old man.

Family reported Ja'Da' Whitehead, of Plainfield Township, missing on Monday. She was last seen on Sunday. 

Police believe she's with Marquaress Josephs from New York. Officers say Josephs traveled to Grand Rapids to meet Ja'Da' days ago and the pair purchased bus tickets to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Sunday. 

Credit: Kent County Sheriff's Office
Ja'Da' Whitehead, a13-year-old girl from Plainfield Township was last seen buying bus tickets with 19-year-old New York man Marquaress Josephs.

It's likely that Ja'Da' left voluntarily, but police are asking for tips on her whereabouts due to her age and the circumstances of her departure. 

The Sheriff's Office is working with the Winston-Salem Police Department, as well. 

If you have information on this case, you're asked to call the KCSO at 616-632-6125, or call Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 to report information anonymously.


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