UPDATE: Missing Ville Platte teen found safe, 30-year-old suspect in custody


VILLE PLATTE, La. (KLFY)-UPDATE: A teen reported missing from Ville Platte has been safely located and one man is in custody, the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The runaway juvenile Trinity Taylor was located on Thursday evening, January 30, 2020, at the Bayou Chicot cabins.

Investigators said the teen was unharmed, and has been returned safely into her parent’s custody.

In custody is Phillip Freeman, 30, of Ville Platte. He faces charges of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and resisting an officer.

Phillip Freeman (EPSO)

No Bond has been set.

ORIGINAL: The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s assistance in locating a runaway juvenile.

According to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, 17-year-old Trinity Rene Taylor left her residence Tuesday around 2 p.m. for work at Champagnes Quality Foods in Ville Platte.

She never returned to work after taking her 5 p.m. break.

Taylor was last seen wearing a maroon-colored long sleeve work shirt embroidered with the Champagnes logo and blue jeans.

Trinity is said to be traveling in a 2005 charcoal grey, four-door Toyota Camry bearing Louisiana License Plate PF09506 registered to her father David Courvelle.

Anyone with information or who comes into contact with Taylor, they are asked to contact the EPSO at 337-363-2161.

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