WATKINS, Minn. (WCCO) - Authorities have found the body of a 5-year-old girl who was taken from her home.
Authorities said Alayna Ertl’s body was located in Cass County, Minnesota. The man suspected of taking her, Zachary Anderson, has been arrested.
An AMBER ALERT was issued Saturday after Ertl was possibly taken from her Watkins home by Anderson, a family friend.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says Zachary Todd Anderson, 26, may have taken Alayna Jeanne Ertl from her home sometime Saturday morning.
Anderson was staying overnight at Ertl’s house. The girl’s mother says she put her daughter to sleep at about 2 a.m., and discovered she and Anderson were gone at 8 a.m.
Anderson may have taken Ertl and stole her father’s white, 2002 GMC Sierra truck with license plate number 107 KMT.
Police tracked the father’s cell phone, which was in the stolen truck, to Todd County, about 90 minutes from Watkins around 9 a.m. Saturday.
The suspect was described as a white man who stands 5-feet-10-inches tall, weighs about 200 pounds and has dark hair and a short, shaggy beard. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with a drawing of a rat with a mug of beer. The shirt reads “Riverside Tavern, Forest City, MN. Home Of The River Rats.”
Anderson is from Coon Rapids.
Ertl is described as a white girl who is approximately 3 feet tall, weighs 45 points and has shoulder-length sandy blond hair.