A Junction City police officer discovered a missing 15-year-old girl from El Salvador while conducting a traffic stop Tuesday.
Officer Nick Blake was meeting with the occupants of a 2019 Nissan rental vehicle on westbound I-70 when it was discovered that one of the passengers had been reported as missing by a relative in Maryland just a few days earlier.
The driver of the vehicle, 37-year-old Fulgencio Castillo-Guardado of Wilmington, California, was arrested for Interference with Parental Custody, Interference with a Law Enforcement Officer and speeding.
Castillo-Guardado is being held at the Geary County Detention Center without bond pending first appearance.
According to a JCPD press release, the child has been turned over to juvenile intake and assessment.