A man found walking along a Coventry street with a 17-year-old Massachusetts girl who was reported missing is scheduled to appear in federal court in Providence on Friday, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney said.
A source told NBC 10 News that the man is the same man seen in surveillance video leaving the Medfield Public Library with Brittany Thompson earlier this week. He's being held in federal custody.
Authorities have not released the man's name, but he is from Missouri.
Coventry police said Thompson and the man were found walking along Nooseneck Hill Road at about 7 a.m. Thursday. Both were taken to the Coventry Police Department.
Police said a driver recognized the girl from photos in the media.
"I'm just very happy that the system works. It's just another example at how the use of digital media in these type of events is wonderful," said Coventry Police Chief Bryan Volpe.
Thompson, a high school senior, was last seen at about 4:25 p.m. Monday leaving the Medfield library with a heavyset man. Thompson has a developmental disability.
Authorities said she was unharmed.
"Massachusetts and Rhode Island law enforcement officials will continue with the investigation to find out exactly what occurred," Medfield Police Chief Robert Meaney said at a news conference Thursday morning.
Thompson's parents went to Rhode Island to reunite with their daughter.
"She seems to be in very good condition, very good spirits. She's doing well," said Michael Thompson, Brittany's father.
"It has to be because of you guys here and everybody else that really watched out for her that she's with us today. It would not have happened without all of you so thank you so much," said Maureen Thompson, Brittany's mother.
Medfield is in Norfolk County about 50 miles from Coventry.
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