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Missing Beaverton girl found in Wilsonville

Police thought Madison Taussig, 13, traveled out of state to meet a man she communicated with online.


Madison TaussigMadison Taussig, the 13-year-old whose disappearance set off a search of the region and the West, was found safe in Wilsonville on Saturday.

Beaverton police said Madison was found on Saturday afternoon, two days after she left her Beaverton home. The search reached as far as Arizona and Florida, and was also taking place in cyberspace. Detectives said they were following digital and other leads in the search for Madison, who appears to have run away from home on May 12.

Investigators believed she rode the WES commuter train from Beaverton to Wilsonville, the last location where they were able to trace a ping from her mobile phone on the evening of May 12. Police said on Friday that they were afraid that she left to meet with an adult male out of state with whom she had been communicating electronically through Xbox Live.

Officer Mike Rowe, Beaverton Police Department spokesman, said that, during the search, Madison's status was entered into the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database. Rowe also said that law enforcement agencies along the Interstate 5 corridor were notified about the missing girl and asked the media to spread the word to associates in those Pacific Coast states as well as Arizona and Florida.

Local detectives worked on electronic leads as well as trying to gather any video related to Madison, Rowe said.

The investigation started on May 12 when Beaverton officers responded to a call at a home in the 12000 block of Southwest Fulmar Terrace. Madison was seen on video leaving her house shortly after noon on May 12.