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Sixteen-year-old missing from Missouri

Posted at 2:57 PM, Sep 25, 2019

EDMUNDSON, Mo. (KMTV) — The Edmundson Police Department says 16-year-old Gabriella Yonko is missing from the Edmundson, MO area and is believed to be with a 26-year-old man. The teen is believed to be in danger, according to authorities.

The abduction was reported at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Sept. 23. Yonko was last seen at her uncle's residence when the suspect, 26-year-old Chistopher Johnson, took her in his vehicle.

Johnson drives a black 2008 Lexus LS with Washington license plate BEC5322. The vehicle has a dark window front tint and no front plate.

Since Sept. 23, authorities pinged Johnson's phone, determining his last known location is in northern Illinois, just east of Chicago. Johnson has a long criminal history, police say, and is known to be physically violent.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is in the process of issuing an Endangered Person Alert.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678/1-800-THE-LOST or contact Lieutenant Venneman or Sergeant Anton at 314-428-4577. All information given to the Edmundson Police Department will remain anonymous.