Man faces kidnapping charges in Snohomish girl's disappearance

Man faces kidnapping charges in Snohomish girl's disappearance

Credit: Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

The Snohomish County Sheriff's office is asking for help in finding Elizabeth Harwood, a 14-year-old developmentally disabled girl who went missing Wednesday in Snohomish.

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by MICHAEL KONOPASEK and ELIZABETH WILEY / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 1:17 PM

A 60-year-old man faces charges of second degree kidnapping of a 14-year-old Snohomish girl after she went missing and was found in his company.

On Thursday morning, clerks at a Lynnwood grocery store recognized Elizabeth Harwood and called police.

Harwood went missing after a bike ride on Wednesday and was considered endangered. According to her family, Harwood has a decreased mental capacity -- that of an 8-year-old. They also said it was unusual for her to be gone from home for more than an hour.

Deputies say the suspect, a homeless man named Albino Estrada Montano, met the girl at a McDonald's in Snohomish.

Based on interviews with Montano and Harwood, it appears the two traveled together by bus. Deputies believe the two spent the night in a mobile home where she was drugged.

When questioned by acquaintances, the man told them she was his granddaughter. The suspect admitted to deputies that he knew Harwood was a minor and did not attempt to return her to her family.

While Harwood appeared to be unharmed when she was found, doctors at Providence Hospital evaluated her. Results from the examination have not been released pending the investigation.

Montano was initially arrested on an outstanding warrant for trespassing.

Deputies say that the girl had not met the suspect prior to Wednesday. He has cooperated with the investigation.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit is handling the case.

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