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Missing Ore. teen found safe, wanted ex-cop turns himself in

Kenneth Turkle, left, and Marriah Andrews in photos released by the Oregon State Police on April 12, 2014. Oregon State Police via CBS affiliate KOIN

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon State Police say a 42-year-old Lake County sheriff's deputy has turned himself in following an investigation into an alleged sexual relationship with a teenage girl who subsequently went missing.

Authorities sent out statewide alerts on Sunday for 17-year-old girl Marriah Andrews. She was found Sunday afternoon after she contacted authorities.

State police says that Kenneth Turkle turned himself in Sunday morning. A warrant for his arrest was issued on Saturday. The deputy was wanted on third-degree sex abuse and contributing to sexual delinquency of a minor. The deputy had resigned from his post a week ago following the revelation of an investigation.

Before she was reported missing, Andrews was last seen in the Grants Pass area on Friday morning with a man identified as Turkle.

Turkle had worked with the Lake County Sheriff's Office for 10 years.

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