Courier Staff Writer
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.