A television program that featured a missing Oklahoma girl believed to have run off with a 40-year-old man has generated several tips to police.
Detective J.R. Kidney says phone lines lit up after "America's Most Wanted" aired the story about 14-year-old Deborah Fourzan.
Police believe Deborah left with James Reimer, 40. Several of the tips led officers to the Austin, Texas, area.
Deborah and Reimer share an interest in anime — a form of Japanese animation. Friends of the girl say she planned to travel to an anime convention, and one was held in Austin the weekend after she disappeared Feb. 2.
Pottawatomie County prosecutors have charged Reimer with soliciting sexual conduct or communications with a minor through telephone text messaging.
Investigators say the charge stems from sexually explicit messages sent to the girl's cell phone.
Reimer has been charged with a felony and an arrest warrant with a $100,000 bond, according to News-Star.com.
Police believe Deborah went with Reimer willingly, but feel she may be in danger because of her age.
Kidney said there were many sightings near Austin, Texas, that led police to apartments and stores, according to NEWSOK.com.
"Nothing panned out, but we got some strong leads, and we’re confident that the whole nation is looking," Kidney said.
The missing girl's father, Michael Fourzan, 38, said that Deborah had lived with him until last summer, NEWSOK.com reported.
He suspected Reimer of being a threat to his daughter when she returned home from a visit to her mother with clothing and toys the man had bought her. Reimer called Deborah's Texas home when she was 13, asking her father if he could speak to her.
"I did what any father would," Fourzan said. "I made it clear that he was to stay away from her."
Fourzan said he wouldn't have allowed his daughter to move to Tecumseh to live with her mother if he had known Reimer was still involved with the family.
Deborah Fourzan's mother, Crystal Vanbuskirk, said the man had been a family friend and was like an uncle to her daughter.
She said that she tried to terminate their connections when she found the sexually explicit texts from him her daughter's cell phone. The parents took the cell phone away from their daughter, but Reimer gave her a new one so that he could continue to communicate with her, FOX23.com reported.
Deborah has not contacted her family.
"I’ve been a total wreck ever since she’s been gone," Michael Fourzan said. "I can’t think about anything other than getting her home safe."
Deborah has been listed as a missing person on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Web site.
She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing her favorite leather trench coat with faux fur on the ends of the sleeves and collar.
Reimer is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 280 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. Police have reported that he could be driving a white Mercury Cougar XR7 with a license plate of VRW-932.
Any sighting of the pair should be reported to local police in that area by calling 911.