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Iowa teen found safe in Illinois

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COUNCIL BLUFFS (KWWL) -- 14-year old Janakaye Marie Lee, the subject of an Amber Alert last week, was found Sunday evening at a Sparta, Illinois motel.

Police in Council Bluffs say they got a call on Sunday from a man who said his granddaughter had received a text message from Janakaye.

After following up on the lead, Council Bluffs Police contacted police in Sparta, Illinois who found Janakaye at the Sparta Motel at 700 South St. Louis Street at around 6:00 p.m..

She was taken to a juvenile detention center to wait for her parents to pick her up.

Police also found 19-year old Steven Keith Hecker at the motel.

Hecker is the man originally thought to have abducted the teen, though the Amber Alert was cancelled the next day because authorities no longer believed that she was in danger.

Hecker will be extradited back to Council Bluffs where he is facing sex abuse charges.

Council Bluffs Police also believe Hecker may face some sex abuse charges in Illinois for this latest incident.

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