West Middlesex, PA – U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott and Portage County Sheriff David Doak, announce that late this afternoon, members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF), along with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the Portage County Sheriff's Office located missing teen Cara Stefan, 14, and arrested wanted fugitive Eduardo Guerrero, 21.
Cara was last seen Thursday, October 1 at her family home in Ravenna. It was believed that she left her home with Eduardo Guerrero, 21, sometime in the middle of the night. Authorities believed her to be in danger if she was in fact with Guerrero. Guerrero was on bond with Portage County for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, importuning, and possession of criminal tools when he was believed to have left with Cara.
This afternoon investigators were able to narrow a possible location for both Cara and Guerrero in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania. The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, along with Hermitage and Sheango Police Departments safely located Cara and arrested Guerrero in the 3300 block of New Castle Rd. in West Middlesex, PA.
Guerrero will be held in the Mercer County jail until he can be extradited back to Portage County to face his pending case. Additionally, an investigation into whether Guerrero violated federal law will be reviewed by authorities.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, "The reason we created the Missing Child Unit in Northern Ohio after Operation Safety Net concluded, was to continue to bring our most at-risk missing children home safely. Our newly formed Missing Child Unit with investigate any violations of federal law by Guerrero."
Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833), or you can send a web tip using USMS Tips. Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.
The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force Youngstown Division consists of the following federal, state and local agencies:
Boardman Township Police Department, Campbell Police Department, Columbiana County Sheriff's Office, Leetonia Police Department, Liberty Township Police Department, Lordstown Village Police Department, Mahoning County Sheriff's Office, Mercy Health Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Salem Police Department, Trumbull County Adult Probation Department, Warren Police Department, Youngstown Police Department, and United States Marshals Service.