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Police commended for finding Garrettsville teen missing for months

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Two Niles police officers are being commended for their efforts in helping to track down a missing Garrettsville girl.

It was a typical traffic stop for a rear license plate light that was burned out, that led police to discover 14-year-old Ashalee Ataman. Police pulled over David White, 58, of Garrettsville Sunday night near the intersection of Rt. 422 and North Road. Police say White and his passenger appeared to be nervous when the officer approached the car. 

White had been questioned in Ataman's disappearance and was considered a person of interest in the ongoing investigation. When Niles police learned of Ataman's identity, the Garrettsville man was arrested and charged with obstructing official business and interference with custody.

Both Patrolman Steve Corll and Lieutenant Rob Miketa were commended for their hard work on the case.

"Very good police work, they were out there being active and looking for situations that just don't seem normal," Captain Ken Criswell said.

Ataman's parents say she ran away to go to a party on May 25 and never returned home.  

In a statement, here mother tells 21 News they're happy she's home and that she's safe. They also thank the community for their support and prayers during the months she was gone.

The Portage County Sheriff's office is still actively investigation the circumstances surrounding her disappearance. White was released from jail on $1,750 bond. 

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