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Fla. detectives head to La. to interview teen

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Posted: Jun 27, 2014 4:02 PM
Updated: Jun 27, 2014 4:02 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: steven myers, sex offender, investigators, stabbed teen

TAMPA, Fla. - Florida detectives are heading to Louisiana to interview a missing teenage girl who was found travelling with a registered sex offender.

The two were found earlier last week after a sighting by a Louisiana truck stop cashier triggered a lengthy police chase where authorities threw down spike strips to blow out the tires on Steven Myers' truck.

Officials say Myers stabbed the 16-year-old girl and then himself before being subdued. Authorities say the teen wasn't kidnapped, but Myers had manipulated her to go with him.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives will interview the teen. They plan to charge Myers with five counts of using a cell phone to seduce and solicit a minor child for sex.

Myers is being held in Lafayette County jail and also faces charges that include attempted murder and unlawful sexual activity.

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