The Ottumwa Courier

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January 11, 2013

Ottumwa teen charged in runaway case

MOUNT PLEASANT — An Ottumwa teenager is in custody after being found in Kansas City, Mo., last week alongside a 13-year-old runaway from Salem, Iowa.

On Jan. 3, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a 13-year-old runaway from Salem. The runaway was found last weekend near Kansas City, accompanied by Keith Lane Davis-Sauer, 19, of rural Ottumwa.

“The child had gotten a hold of their mother wanting more money,” said Henry County Deputy Sheriff Chad Doak. “So we located where they were at, and the authorities there found them.”

The 13-year-old was returned to Salem, and Davis-Sauer was charged with harboring a runaway child, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Davis-Sauer was already a suspect in another Henry County investigation where he was charged with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony, on Nov. 24 and Dec. 24.

On Sept. 30, Davis-Sauer was charged with harassment by communication and indecent exposure in Dickinson County — on the Iowa-Minnesota border in northwest Iowa.

Less than a month later on Oct. 22, he was also charged in Dickinson County with harboring a runaway.

Doak said the Dickinson County charges are unrelated to the charges brought against Davis-Sauer last week.

He remains in Henry County Jail on $26,500 bond.

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