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Missing teen Joanna Coates found safe in NYC; alleged abductor in custody


Missing Rochester teen Joanna Coates of LaSalle Street and her alleged abductor, 41-year-old Robert Gonzalez have been found.

An Amber Alert issued around 10 p.m. Monday for Joanna was cancelled around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Linda Hollaert, Joanna’s mother, said investigators called her and said her daughter was found in New York City and is being treated in a Manhattan hospital. Gonzalez, Hollaert said, is in New York Police Department custody.

“She’s safe and she’s headed to the hospital,” Hollaert said. “I’m relieved. I just want to see my baby girl.”

Rochester Police Investigator Jacqueline Schuman said she had no additional immediate details about where Gonzalez and Joanna had been found. She said police are working to get them back to the Rochester area.

Gonzalez, who allegedly took Joanna sometime over the weekend is a thrice-convicted felon who last served time at the Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion.

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