Suspects in KY trafficking case involving U-Haul remain in custody, teen returns home

Suspects in human trafficking case in court

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A tip recently led Cincinnati police to a 16-year-old girl locked in the back of a U-Haul. Now, three people are charged with human trafficking and kidnapping in Knox County, Ky. after police tracked them down 200 miles away in the Tri-State.

Michael Nason, Tiffany Cheek, and Carl Hickman of Corbin, Ky. were arrested this week.

Cheek is accused of luring a 16-year-old missing girl while pretending to be her guardian, and Nason is accused of raping the girl while she was locked in a U-Haul truck.

Two of the three suspects involved in this case faced a judge Thursday and pleaded not guilty. A judge ordered their bond to remain at $100,000.

Hickman remains in Cincinnati in the Hamilton County jail. He’s currently held on drug charges while he awaits extradition to Kentucky. He will face the same charges as Cheek.

On Saturday, a Knox County deputy received a report of a local missing teen. Knox County is about 180 miles south of Cincinnati.

Soon after, Cincinnati police investigated the tip about a girl who was locked in the back of a U-Haul truck in a lot. The victim and suspects were later found in the parking lot of a check cashing business on Reading Road.

Police continue to investigate this case.

The 16-year-old is back home with her family.

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