LAKEVIEW, Ore. — Oregon State Police report former deputy Kenneth Turkle has turned himself in and is now in custody. Investigators confirm 17-year-old Marriah Andrews has been located and is safe. She contacted a police officer around 2 p.m. Sunday.
Oregon State Police (OSP) first asked for the public’s help Saturday to find the 17-year old missing and endangered female who they believed may have been with a former Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputy. OSP reported 42-year-old Kenneth Turkle was wanted on charges related to an alleged sexual relationship with the missing juvenile female.
Turkle had an outstanding arrest warrant for three counts of sex abuse in the third degree and three counts of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.
Police say Turkle worked for the Lake County Sheriff’s office for more than a decade. He resigned a week ago while he was under investigation by OSP criminal detectives.
Police contacted Turkle on Friday after receiving information that Lakeview resident Marriah Andrews, 17, was reported missing by her family. Andrews was last seen Friday morning in the Grants Pass area where she was staying with a friend and reportedly left with an adult male who was later identified as Turkle.
Police say Andrews was involved in a recent sexual relationship with Turkle.
According to the initial press release, when detectives contacted Turkle, they were told he did not know where Andrews was.
Warrants were issued Saturday for his arrest.