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Fugitive, missing Iowa teen found inside hidden compartments in Parma home

Stephen Davis
Posted at 2:43 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 14:44:55-04

A 17-year-old girl from Iowa who has been missing for three weeks was found in a hidden compartment in a Parma home Thursday, along with a 21-year-old fugitive who was arrested in connection with her disappearance.

On Thursday, members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and Parma police responded to a home on Wainstead Drive in Parma in an attempt to locate fugitive Stephen Davis and the missing Iowa teen, according to a news release from police.

Officers had already searched the house on Oct. 12, the day the teen was reported missing, but did not locate them, the release states. On Oct. 30, members of the task force also searched the house, but did not find them.

With new information discovered during their investigation, task force officers returned to the home on Thursday and located Davis and the missing teen inside hidden compartments in the home, according to the release.

Davis was arrested and is being charged with interference with custody, a fifth-degree felony. The missing teen was taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges will be presented to a grand jury, police said.