Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's deputies have arrested three people in connection with a teenage girl who ran away and went to Mexico.
Jovana Hill, 13, returned home last month. But the investigation into her disappearance didn't stop. Authorities don't believe she could have fled the country without some help.
A Tuscaloosa County grand jury indicted Francisco and Luis Sesena, along with Gladys Sanchez, on charges of interference with custody on Jovana Hill.
Chief Deputy Ron Abernathy of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office explained they were arrested following a grand jury indictment.
"Some of the individuals were involved in either giving false information or in the process of preventing us of finding her," Abernathy said.
Officials confirm the 13-year-old girl ran away from home April 27 to Mexico. They believe she was traveling with 24-year-old Everado Ramirez, a man facing rape and sodomy charges.
Francisco Sesena's brother-in-law confirms they knew Hill, but wouldn't say more than that. Federal authorities became involved because Hill left the state and country.
Neighbors of Luis Sesana says federal Marshalls visited his home in Northport after Hill ran away.
Hill returned to Tuscaloosa County last month after contacting her mother.
Ramirez's whereabouts remain unknown. A grand jury indicted him on charges of hindering prosecution of Ramirez.
Deputies say the three suspects all knew Hill and Ramirez. Investigators also believe and they either helped her leave for Mexico and or made it harder for authorities to find her.
Sanchez is in the country on a temporary visa. Authorities couldn't find any proof that the Sesenas are in the country legally.
"Of course the prosecution of this case will move forward. That could lead to deportation and other things involving these individuals," Abernathy said.
These Sesenas are still in the Tuscaloosa County Jail. Sanchez has already bonded out.
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