It seems like it would be entirely impossible for something like this to happen with so many people around, but if there is a will, there is a way and that is what makes this situation so scary.
According to a report on KVUE.com, a 15-year-old girl went to the restroom on April 8th while at American Airlines Center during a Dallas Mavericks game. Her father was still in his seat waiting for his child to come back to watch the game, but it would never happen.
Surveillance footage showed a video of her leaving the arena with a man that night.
10 days later, police found the teenager in Oklahoma City after her parents identified her through nude photos that had been posted online in sex advertisements.
“She was gone missing a total of 11 days,” attorney Zeke Fortenberry said. He sent a letter last week to multiple parties he believes could have done things differently, possibly even preventing the situation from escalating.
“Our intent is to put [these organizations] on notice that we’re pursuing claims against them for their negligence and other causes of action,” Fortenberry said, according to the report.
More from the report:
“Fortenberry said when the father realized his daughter was missing, he notified police at the game. But, according to Fortenberry, the father was told to report it to North Richland Hills police, where he lives.
The father called North Richland Hills police, but was told by the law enforcement agency that it couldn’t help because the incident happened in Dallas, Fortenberry said.
North Richland Hills police said that they received the report about the missing teen at 1:27 a.m., about six hours after the game started. The department said the teen was entered in the national missing person database by 3:24 a.m. on April 9.
Dallas Police said they helped North Richland Hills PD and created a bulletin for the missing teen that went out to the department on April 11.
Fortenberry said those efforts weren’t enough.
He said it wasn’t police, but a Houston-based human trafficking agency, Texas Counter-Trafficking Initiative, that was able to use their face-recognition technology to help break open the case.
“That agency was able to help them locate the photograph of their daughter online within the same day,” Fortenberry said.”
Eight people were arrested in connection with the case.
Fortenberry said he sent letters to the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Police Department, and the Oklahoma City hotel where the teen was found were all listed as parties that could have prevented the situation.
He stated the man who abducted the teenager got into the game with a fake ticket that was sold to him by someone known by both organizations for selling fake tickets, the report said.
Fortenberry said he has not yet received a response from any of the parties to whom he sent the letter. He said he hopes to hear back within the next month, so the situation can be settled without a lawsuit.