PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A teenager from Pittsfield who has been missing since June 6 has been found by FBI agents and local police more than 2,000 miles away, in Arizona.
On Thursday, Pittsfield police posted on their official Facebook page that 14 year-old Zackary Lawrence was found safe by authorities in Chandler, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix.
According to Pittsfield Police Administrative Captain John Mullin, along with finding Lawrence, 47-year-old Bradley David Cooper of Chandler, Arizona was arrested.
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Chandler Police said Cooper faces more than 20 counts of child sex abuse-related charges. There is no word yet on whether Cooper will face charges in Massachusetts in connection with the missing persons case.
The Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force worked with Chandler police and the FBI on the investigation. According to the official report from Chandler Police, Lawrence allegedly ran away from home and Cooper picked him up near his house; driving thousands of miles across the country before arriving at Cooper’s home on Monday.
During his interview, Cooper allegedly admitted to abusing the victim, and even spoke with the teen’s mother on the phone; claiming to be a 16 year-old boy named “Trent” so he could convince her to let the victim move out with him.
He also allegedly admitted to sexually abusing other teen boys, in Alabama and California.
Pittsfield police thanked the law enforcement agencies who worked on the case, as well as all those who shared Lawrence’s information.
Capt. Mullin said Zackary will be returning to Massachusetts as soon as Thursday.