Search for Missing North Tonawanda Teen Ends in Harrisville, PA, With Arrest of Michael Mesko

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By: Staff Reporter

On February 15th, 2021, the North Tonawanda Police Department, in cooperation with the FBI were investigating the abduction of Stephnie White.  The abduction occurred near 908 Niagara Falls Boulevard, North Tonawanda, NY at about 7:00PM.  Shortly after the investigation began it became evident that Stephnie did get into a car owned by Michael Mesko whom she had a full stay away order of protection against. The child was taken under circumstances that lead the police to believe that she may be in imminent danger of serious harm and/or death. It was suspected that Michael had taken the victim and may have been headed out of state.

An Amber Alert was issued as soon as all the necessary information was gathered. Every resource was used to track and locate the suspect vehicle.

Shortly after 8:30am on February 16th, 2021, the F.B.I. agents assisting in the investigation were notified the suspect vehicle was at a rest stop off of RT 80 in Harrisville, Pennsylvania. The vehicle was quickly located by Pennsylvania State Police where they located both parties inside. Michael Mesko was taken into custody and both parties were transported to a local hospital for observations. At this time there is no further update on the medical condition of either party.

The North Tonawanda Police Department, Niagara County District Attorney’s Office, and Federal Authorities are in the process of completing their investigation of the incident. Currently he is in Federal custody and State charges will be forthcoming.  No further details will be released at this time pending the conclusion of the investigation.

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