Sometime before 4:OO Saturday morning 13-year-old Haley Willett went missing.
24 hours later she was found several states away.
According to Willett’s family, 43- year old Archie Whalen drove from Maine to Owensboro to pick up the teen at her grandmother’s house.
Haley’s grandma and aunt say they are thankful the amber alert worked and Haley will be on her way back home soon.
“It’s been pretty rough not knowing where she’s at if she was safe not being able to contact her,” Tammi Taylor, the teen’s grandmother said.
Police say Whalen has a long criminal history in New York, including convictions for rape, burglary, and sexual contact with a minor.
Haley’s grandma says she was living with her mom and Whalen in Maine as recently as last week.
“My daughter lived in Maine for a couple weeks found out how this man was and decided to get her away, she came back here with me, evidently as soon as they left, he left soon after that to go get her,” Taylor said.
Police say Whalen was on the way to visit relatives near Sturgeon Bay, where he was arrested on a kidnapping warrant in a motel parking lot.
“I’m happy they got him behind bars and I hope he gets a lot of time for what he did to her,” said Kelsey Dockery, the girl’s aunt.
Whalen could be facing more than kidnapping charges.
Authorities are in the process of deciding if Whalen will face state or federal charges
UPDATE: Haley Willet has been found safe. Police say she was located with the suspected abductor Archie Whalen. Whalen has been arrested for kidnapping.
An amber alert has been issued after a 13-year-old girl went missing from her Western Daviess County home. Owensboro Police say Haley Willet was taken early Saturday morning and possibly in route to Hancock, Maine, New York City, or Florida. Police say the suspect is 43-year-old Archie Whalen. They say he is armed and dangerous. The two are believed to be in a 1998 red two door Ford Explorer with a Maine license plate 137RF. FOX 7 has learned the vehicle has scratches down both sides, most of which are on the passenger side door. If you have any information, call the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office at 270-685-8444.