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VAN BUREN, Ark. — The body of a missing teenager may have been found stuffed in a barrel buried on property owned by the family of the convicted rapist suspected of being with her last.

Angela Allen, 16, was last seen on Feb 10 at around 7:30 p.m. after telling her grandmother that she was going out for a walk in the neighborhood. When she never returned, her family called police to report her as a possible runaway.

After doing some investigating, police found that Allen had been communicating with 36-year-old Lloyd Jones, a convicted rapist, on a social networking site. The pair had also been texting for the last few days, Jones allegedly posing as a boy in the 11th grade.

“They conversed back and forth,” said Chief Kenneth Bell with the Van Buren Police Department. “He groomed her. They built a relationship. He picked her up.”

Angela Allen

Jones was eventually picked up and placed in police custody on an aggravated assault charge. He eventually gave police information that led to them to a plastic barrel buried three feet deep in a shallow grave on property owned by Jones’ family.

According to  deputies, the body of a dead female was inside the barrel with “clothing consistent to the description” of the clothing Allen was last seen wearing. An autopsy will be conducted today to determine the victim’s identity and cause of death.

“We haven’t given up,’ said Allen’s mother, “I’m praying it’s not her, but my gut tells me it is.”

Allen’s grandmother told reporters she wished she “had been more computer savvy” so she could have possibly prevented Jones, a level 3 sex offender, from worming his way into her family.

I stress this all the time in our articles and on our podcast that if you have teenagers online, education is the weapon best used to combat people like Jones and not restrictions. A sizable chunk of these stories could have been circumvented had the teen been educated and the adults had been monitoring the teens online activity.

For the parents who will undoubtedly chime in that they don’t allow their teens online because of stories like this, remember that statistically, your teen is far, far more likely to bump into a registered sex offender at the mall than online.

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