The 15-year-old girl reported missing by her grandparents in Turlock was found Thursday morning in a Las Vegas hotel room and the Oklahoma police officer she was with has been taken into custody on an arrest warrant for kidnapping.
The search for Alexis Odisho and her alleged abductor, identified as Danniel Boone Morgan, 30, began Wednesday when her grandparents reported her missing from their home in the 1400 block of Paseo Belleza in Turlock. Odisho lives in Oklahoma and was visiting her father in Bakersfield when she asked to visit her grandparents in Turlock, according to the Turlock Police Department.
Early into the case investigators learned Odisho had left the area with Morgan and that she did so of her own volition, said Turlock Police Sgt. Stephen Webb. It was learned Morgan was a police officer with the Kiowa Police Department in Oklahoma and that he was likely armed.
It’s unknown how Odisho and Morgan know each other or how they initially met. They are friends on Facebook, according to her profile.
Investigators had reason to believe the pair may have been headed to Bakersfield, Las Vegas, or Oklahoma and contacted authorities in those regions to be on the lookout for the two and the black 2013 Ford Mustang Morgan was driving.
Early Thursday morning the two were tracked to a hotel room at Treasure Island in Las Vegas. The McAlester News-Capital, which covers the Kiowa area, quoted McAlester Police Department Detective Sgt. Chris Morris as saying there was a short stand-off between Morgan and the Las Vegas Police Department before he was taken into custody.
There were no injuries reported and Odisho was found unharmed in the hotel room.
The Las Vegas Police Department and the McAlester Police Department will both be investigating to determine if any crimes were committed by Morgan in their jurisdictions.
Morgan is on administrative leave from the Kiowa Police Department. He was taken into custody on an arrest warrant for kidnapping, but at this time no official charges have been filed in Stanislaus County.
“The Turlock Police Department would like to thank all of the police agencies involved in this 22-hour long investigation which has resulted in a very joyous and successful conclusion of our investigation and the safe return of a child,” said Turlock Police Capt. Nino Amirfar in a released statement.