Amber Alert helps deputies find 11-year-old Florida girl, Step-Grandfather arrested

Posted at 11:08 AM, Sep 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-04 08:45:21-04

An Amber Alert helped lead to the arrest of a 50-year-old man accused of abducting his step-granddaughter in the middle of the night.

A motorist spotted the pair Sunday morning and flagged down one of dozens of deputies searching for the 11-year-old and her step-grandfather, Darrell Mills. Deputies immediately tracked them down after the tip.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says Mills abducted the girl from her Apopka home just after 2 a.m. Authorities say she was found her more than eight hours later.

Authorities say they arrested Mills who is facing multiple felony charges including sexual battery on a child.


This story has been changed to remove the girl’s name because authorities say she is the victim of a sexual assault.

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Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff's Office say the young girl was taken from her home on Elderton Dr. by her step-grandfather, Darrell Mills, just after 2 am Sunday.

Mills, 50, is a black male who stands 6'1'' tall and weighs 220 pounds. He has a military style 'buzz cut,' and was last seen wearing no shirt and tan pants. 

If you have seen Mills or the girl, please contact the Orange County Sheriff's Office at 407-836-4357 or call 9-1-1.