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Amber Alert: Missing Hudson Falls girl found safe, man arrested

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Missing girl Malaya Johnson, 12, has been found safe, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnson is with NYPD officers now and local deputies are heading south to pick her up.

A man questioned in connection with the disappearance of Johnson has pleaded not guilty to a number of charges Friday morning.

George Torres, 19, of Staten Island, was charged with second-degree kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a child.

He was remanded without bail and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Torres was arrested in New York City on Thursday.

Police say Johnson was abducted around 3 p.m. near Oak Street in Hudson Falls on Wednesday.

She was seen getting into a red, two-door sedan Ford Mustang. 

The vehicle was located in New York City Thursday night. Johnson was not with the two individuals that were taken in for questioning.

The passenger of the vehicle was later released.

Johnson’s phone was located near Sloatsburg in Rockland County.

An AMBER Alert was issued Thursday afternoon and was canceled Friday afternoon.  NYPD are also involved with the investigation.

On Friday, the NYPD says Johnson reached out to family members and stated that she had no interest in coming home.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (518) 747-4623.

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