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5 Campers Arrested In Stearns County In Connection With Kidnapping

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- A missing 16-month-old girl was recovered from the Stearns County campsite of five Idaho residents Sybday evening.

The Idahoans, ranging in age from 18 to 54, have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping.

A tipster saw the group camping in the Birch Lakes State Campground, about 5 miles north of Melrose. The tipster thought it was odd that they had covered up their vehicles with tarps.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office investigated the campsite after finding a second-degree kidnapping warrant for Joshua Michael Oquendo, 28, of Pocatello, Idaho.

Deputies arrested Oquendo, Samantha Landauer, 49, Jon Newman, 54, Travis Adams, 20, and Jorja Fouch, 18.


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