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Teen found unharmed, deputy Turkle in custody

April 16, 2014 by

A Lakeview teen reported missing and endangered this past weekend was found safe on the afternoon of Sunday, April 13, after contacting a Lakeview law enforcement officer.

Marriah Andrews, 17, was safe and unharmed, according to an Oregon State Police news release issued on Monday, April 14. Her family reported her missing on Friday, April 11.

Former Lake County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Ken Turkle, 42, turned himself in at the Lake County Jail on Sunday morning on outstanding warrants for his arrest issued on Saturday, April 12, related to an investigation into his alleged sexual relationship with Andrews.

Turkle was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for three counts of sex abuse in the third degree and three counts of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

The OSP news release reported that Turkle was again taken into custody at the Klamath County Jail on Sunday evening on charges of custodial interference in the first degree and tampering with a witness.

In a Tuesday, April 15, report by the Herald and News newspaper, Turkle allegedly picked up Andrews in Grants Pass, where she was staying with a friend, and drove to Alturas, Calif., with her before turning himself in to Lake County Sheriff Phil McDonald.

The Herald and News report also indicated that Turkle appeared via video monitor at the Lake County Circuit Court on Monday, April 14.  His bail was initially held at $100,000, but a second hearing before Judge Robert Nichols, Jr., saw Turkle’s defense attorney request a 48-hour extension to prepare bail reduction arguments.

The next court date for the case will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 3 p.m., according to the Herald and News story.

Turkle worked for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department for more than 10 years, and resigned last week while under investigation by OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives with the assistance of the Lake County District Attorney.

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