SPOKANE, Wash. - A 13-year-old girl missing for almost a year-and-a-half has been found safe in Spokane by an observant hospital security guard.
On Friday November 23, 2007, a security guard at Sacred Heart Medical Center was walking the perimeter when he recognized a young female teenager from a missing person flier he'd seen posted at the hospital.
During a police interview the mother admitted she and her daughter were the people in the flier. She said a priest from Germany was helping the two locate in Spokane under fake names. They were visiting the hospital from a monastery when they were contacted by security.
13-year-old Meagan Mulczynski was living in Germany with her parents when her mother took her and left the country in the summer of 2006. The father Thomas Mulczynski, who was working as a civilian for the Air Force, had been previously awarded temporary custody of the child.
Thomas is now living in the United States, stationed in Virginia. In November 2006 there was a possible sighting of the mom and daughter reported in Spokane. That is when fliers were initially posted at the hospital.
51-year old mother Gail Elk Cannon Mulczynski was placed under arrest for custodial interference and booked into the Spokane County Jail. The daughter has been placed with child protective services until the father can make arrangements to fly up from Virginia.
Thomas has not seen his daughter for almost a year and a half.