Tacoma teen found safe after Amber Alert

Tacoma teen found safe after Amber Alert

Tacoma teen found safe after Amber Alert

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

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Posted on November 14, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 9:49 AM

TACOMA, Wash.  -- A missing 16-year-old special education student and a 21-year-old sex offender were found Wednesday morning at a north Tacoma home, police said.

Police say Briana Troyer is OK. Detectives were questioning her before returning her to her family.  Her father is a well-known spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators will determine if Terrence D. Powell did anything wrong, said a Tacoma Police spokesman. He's a Level 1 sex offender who left a Tacoma bowling alley Tuesday with the girl.

An Amber Alert was issued for the girl early Wednesday and police searched for her with tracking dogs and officers going door-to-door. A tip led investigators to the home of a Powell acquaintance.

A Pierce County Sheriff's Office captain said the family does not know who Powell is and they were thinking the worst while Briana was missing.

Briana Troyer was at Tower Bowling Lanes with other members of the Wilson High School bowling team for practice, but the coach or supervisor may not have been there at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when she disappeared, police said. She is described as having the mental capacity of a 9-year-old.

She was seen on surveillance video walking away with Powell.

Powell's Level 1 classification is the lowest level and applied to people, many of them first-time offenders, considered at minimal risk to reoffend.

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