Missing teen from Chandler Terrianne Brooks found after Amber Alert issued

Posted at 12:02 PM, Jan 16, 2017

Officials have located a 15-year-old girl who went missing from Chandler on Tuesday, January 10. 

An Amber Alert was issued on Monday morning for Terrianne Brooks, last seen near Rural and Ray roads in Chandler. She was believed to be heading to the Navajo Reservation, possibly with a man named Douglas Jones.

The Amber Alert was canceled around 2:30 p.m. Monday when officials reported the teen was found safe and the suspect was in custody.

Chandler police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation believe Brooks was lured by Jones who allegedly wanted to engage in an inappropriate relationship with her.

Brooks was found on the Navajo Reservation north of Tuba City in good health.

“I am totally, really happy about this, that she’s okay, and I would just like to really thank everybody that really helped her,” said Emily Brooks, Terrianne's grandmother. 

ABC15 spoke with Terrianne’s mother just minutes before she learned her daughter was OK.

“Help me find my baby," said Nina Benally through tears. "I know everybody’s helping me, and I knowledge that. Thank you, everybody, for helping me.”

The family says Terrianne was last seen Tuesday around 6:30 a.m. when she left for school, but she never showed up. They reported her missing, but it was not enough for DPS to issue an Amber Alert. 

“They had to make sure that he was—had to really have taken her, and we didn’t have any proof," Emily Brooks said.

Until today--according to DPS, based on facts from Chandler Police and the FBI, they were able to issue that Amber Alert, despite not having vehicle information. 

The family says the suspect is known to them, but Benally did not want to disclose the nature of the relationship.

The FBI says now that Terrianne is safe and Jones is in custody, they’re not providing any more details.