Hillsborough County, Florida – The case of a missing teen from Valrico and the sex offender she was traveling with is over thanks to a truck stop worker in Louisiana who recognized them from a TV show.
"She was very quiet (and) she never said a word, but whenever I looked up we looked each other dead in the face. I just… it stood out to me after watching that video and that video being fresh in my mind," said Fawn Domingue, who was working at the truck stop near Baton Rouge.
Domingue was working behind the counter at the truck stop last night when Steven Myers, 41, walked into the store to buy cigarettes with 16-year-old Ashley Lyon.
Even though the teen had dyed her hair, Domingue recognized her from a website she viewed just before starting work.
"One of Nancy Grace's videos that she had of a missing teen from Florida that was with a convicted sex offender and whenever I saw him … she's a 16-year-old girl. I couldn't let them leave here not knowing," she said.
Afterward, Domingue ran into an office to check her cellphone to confirm that she had the right people.
When Myers and Lyons walked out, she followed them and flagged down a sheriff's car that was pulling into the truck stop.
It triggered a 40-mile chase down Interstate 10 that ended when deputies laid out stop sticks that eventually forced the stolen truck Myers was driving to stop.
"The Lord has something to do with it. Fawn was not scheduled to work that day and someone called and asked her to work for her," said Scott Holbrook, manager of the truck stop and Domingue's boss.