The 14-year-old Council Bluffs girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert last week has been found safe in Illinois. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says Jana Kaye Lee and her 19-year-old boyfriend, Steven Hecker, were found at a motel in Sparta, Illinois.

“The police department located Steven Hecker and Jana Kaye Lee at that location, took them into custody,” Sheriff Danker says. “They’re both in good condition.” Police had gotten a tip the couple was in the Sparta motel. Danker says it was a good outcome to the situation.

Hecker was booked into the local county jail and will be extradited to Council Bluffs to face kidnapping and other charges. The parents of the 14-year-old girl are on their way to Illinois to pick up their daughter, who is being held at a juvenile detention facility pending their arrival.

The two vanished last Monday after Hecker learned a warrant had been issued for his arrest, stemming from his relationship with the underage girl.


By Karla James