A Kyle teen who went missing last week was located by authorities near the Texas and New Mexico border Saturday after they arrested the registered sex offender she had been traveling with.
Kylei Ashlyn Greer, 13, of Kyle, was located by Yoakum County Sheriff’s officers after they arrested the Travis County man she was traveling with, who is a registered sex offender.
Daniel Kelsey Minter, 26, of Austin, was arrested for a Travis County probation violation warrant stemming from a previous sexual assault of a child charge. Yoakum County Sheriff David Bryant said additional charges for evasion could be pending, but none have been filed at this time.
Jeff Barnett, Kyle Police Department chief, said Greer and Minter, who had been talking on social media for several months, fled Feb. 22 and traveled “through the afternoon and night” into New Mexico, and then eventually Roswell, NM.
Barnett said the two “narrowly escaped” being located by the Roswell Police Department and then checked into a local hotel.
Barnett said the two then traveled into Yoakum County where they were spotted.
Bryant said his deputies received information the two were traveling through the county around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
The vehicle Minter was traveling in, a blue Hummer, was located and a Yoakum County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to initiate a stop.
Minter, however, fled from the deputy and drove into a field. Members from the YCSO, the Denver City Police Department and the Texas Highway Patrol converged to secure the area, Bryant said.
Barnett alleged Minter befriended Greer “some time ago” on social media and began the process of “trying to develop a friendship” so that he could lead her to an event and she could be lured away from home.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety sex offender registry database, Minter is a high-risk sex offender who must annually register for life as a sex offender.
Minter was sentenced to 10 years of probation, community supervision for a 2011 sexual assault of a child charge against a 14-year-old.
Barnett said Greer was reunited with her family in the Kyle area. He encourages parents to monitor their children’s activities.
“We encourage parents to monitor their children’s Internet activites and make sure they know who their friends are and who they’re talking to on the Internet,” Barnett said.
Bond has not been set for Minter at this time, according to Bryant.