Police: Abducted Atlanta teen found in Texas, suspect arrested

In coordination with APD investigators, Officers with the Zavalla Police Department were able to locate kidnapping suspect Melvin Castellanos with the BOLO and vehicle information provided. Melvin Castellanos was arrested and taken into custody by Zavalla PD in Crystal City Texas during a traffic stop. He has been charged with kidnapping and currently awaiting extradition. We are still working on reuniting the victim with the family.

An Atlanta teenage girl has been safely found in Texas after her abduction Thursday.

According to police, 16-year-old Jeily Castellanos was abducted by a male who is possible her father.

Officers say they responded to a child abduction call in the 1800 block of La Dawn LN NW around 9:15 a.m. Thursday.

The teenager's mother told police that her daughter was taken from the home by her father, identified as Melvin Castellanos, without permission and driven off in a black Ford Explorer.

After a search, officers with the Zavalla Police Department located the vehicle in Crystal City, Texas and performed a traffic stop.

Atlanta police say Jeily in good health and that they are working to get her reunited with her family.

Melvin Castellanos has been charged with kidnapping and is awaiting extradition back to Georgia. 

Melvin Castellanos (Atlanta Police Department)

If you have any information that could help with the investigation, please call Atlanta police.

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