Huntsville man charged with rape after being found with missing Pelham teenager

The Madison County Sheriff's Office says an investigator found her in Madison County.

Posted: Jan 23, 2020 4:11 PM
Updated: Jan 24, 2020 4:32 PM

UPDATE: Rodrigo Chagolla Ortega has been charged with rape second-degree and enticing a child by the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

Bond is set at $30,000.

Rodrigo Chagolla Ortega

From earlier:

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has released new information about the discovery of a missing Pelham teenager in a Huntsville home, and the man she was found with.

The 13-year-old girl was found Thursday in a home on Joslin Street.

She was first reported missing on Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office said she was found with 24-year-old Rodrigo Chagolla Ortega of Huntsville. The office said the two met via social media, and that he had told the girl he was 19.

The Pelham Police Department will be charging Ortega with interference with child custody.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office will be charging him with numerous felonies as well, said Brent Patterson, office spokesman.

This was a multi-agency investigation by the FBI, Huntsville police, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Pelham police, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, Patterson said.

“We are happy that the victim can be reunited with her family, and that the man responsible has been brought to justice,” Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner said in a news release.

“The tireless work by the FBI and the Sheriff’s Office Investigators help bring this case to a close. This is yet another example of the importance of multi-jurisdictional partnerships.

“Parents, this is a warning to every one of us. We encourage parents to be mindful of what your kids are doing online and who they are talking to. These threats are real and do exist.”

The Pelham Police Department has named a suspect in the disappearance of this 13-year-old girl, who was found safe in a Huntsville home earlier today.

Pelham Police made a post on Twitter Thursday afternoon saying quote "our detectives are obtaining a felony warrant for interference with custody against 24-year old Rodrigo Ortega."

FBI investigators and law enforcement officials spent time Thursday on Joslin Street outside a home. The Madison County Sheriff's Office says they believe the girl was found at that residence. 

Pelham Police say the girl was checked out at a local hospital in north Alabama and is doing well. They did not specify which hospital. 

WAAY31 heard from a neighbor on Joslin Street that says he saw law enforcement take the girl Thursday. 

"I saw this lady come out with a young girl and walk down to the car in front of my house, and then I recognized her face and put two and two together," Leroy Dickman, said. 

Investigators still have not released a motive in the case and exactly how the suspect, Ortega, was involved. Dickman says his heart goes out to the girl and her family.

"Being gone for that long from her family, just don't know all the extenuating circumstances," Dickman said. 

Pelham Police say once she is reunited with her family, police will meet with her to try and find out exactly what happened. 

In an exclusive interview with ABC 33/40, her parents also said she was found in Madison County.

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