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Preacher sought in rape of 13-year-old girl

Officials in Logan County were searching Saturday for a preacher who they say will be charged with raping a 13-year-old girl.

Jody Lusk, 35, is wanted for rape and unlawful transaction with a minor, said Det. Robbie Matthews of the Logan County sheriff's office.

Lusk, who preaches at Auburn Church of Christ, picked the girl up after school Friday then returned her to her home Saturday afternoon, he said.

Matthews said Lusk faked his disappearance Friday afternoon, telling his wife that he planned to go fishing at Briggs Lake near Russellville. He later sent his wife a cryptic text message with a license plate number and the words "Briggs Lake."

A truck with that plate number had been sitting on the county line for several days and was not connected to Lusk's disappearance, Matthews said. Police initially found Lusk's empty canoe on the lake, prompting them to search for his body using cameras and sonar equipment Saturday morning.