Missing Michigan girl found inside tractor-trailer in Kentucky

Robert Phillips
Robert Phillips Laurel County Detention Center

A man was arrested in Laurel County Monday after Kentucky State Police was notified by Michigan authorities that a missing female juvenile was possibly in his tractor-trailer.

Trooper Jeremy Elliotte found the tractor-trailer traveling on Interstate 75 southbound just past London Monday night and pulled the driver to the side of the road, according to a release from state police.

The girl was found inside the truck unharmed, state police said. She had been entered into the National Crime Information Center through Michigan as a missing person, according to state police.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Robert Phillips, 57, of Michigan, was charged with unlawful transaction with a minor and possession of marijuana charges. He has been placed in the Laurel County Detention Center.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year.