It was surely a stressful night for Pierce County Sheriff's Spokesman Ed Troyer and his family. That's because Troyer's 16-year-old daughter, Briana Troyer, described as "a special education student with the mental capacity of a 9-year-old," according to reports, disappeared from a Tacoma bowling alley Tuesday evening around 5:30 p.m. with a Level 1 sex offender -- sparking a full-blown Amber Alert.
The good news for the Troyers is Briana was located apparently safe this morning around 7:45 a.m. sleeping at a house near the bowling alley with Terrence D. Powell, the 21-year-old sex offender she had disappeared with the night prior.
Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum (FUL'-jum) says tips led officers to a Tacoma house about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday where they found Briana Troyer and Terrence D. Powell asleep.
Fulghum says the girl will be returned to her family. Her father is Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer.
Investigators will determine if Powell did anything wrong. He's a Level 1 sex offender who left a Tacoma bowling alley Tuesday with the girl.
While the story appears to have had one of the better conclusions possible, questions obviously remain unanswered at this point, and it seems doubtful the Troyers got any sleep last night.
Here's a rundown of the circumstances surrounding Briana's disappearance from a previous Associated Press story:
She was at Tower Bowling Lanes with other members of the Wilson High School bowling team for practice, but the coach or supervisor may not have been there at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when she disappeared, Fulghum said.
Briana Troyer was last seen walking away with Terrence D. Powell. Fulghum issued an Amber Alert early Wednesday for the girl.
Fulghum did not know the criminal history that led to Powell's listing as a Level 1 sex offender. The classification is the lowest level and applied to people, many of them first-time offenders, considered at minimal risk to reoffend.
The initial Associated Press story also included a message attributed to Ed Troyer's Facebook page:
"I am going to stay off the media as much as possible due to not wanting the suspect to see who I am, which could bring harm to Briana. Tacoma Police are doing an excellent job and are leaving nothing unchecked. When the time is right I will share what we are going through and what happened," the posting said.
This isn't the first time Troyer's family has been in the news lately. Having raised seven kids through foster care, Troyer's 19-year-old son Zachary pleaded not guilty to to allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl in May. The relationship has been described as consensual, though it's illegal in Washington for a person 18 or older to have sex with someone between 14 and 16, if the adult is at least four years older than the alleged victim.
At the time of Zachary Troyer's April arrest, Ed Troyer released this statement to The News Tribune in Tacoma:
"As foster parents we have raised seven kids through foster care, including Zach, who we got when he was 5 years old," Troyer said. "All were taken out of abusive situations.
"Zach currently lives on his own. I would expect him to be treated the same as other 19-year-olds facing similar allegations of consensual sexual activity, and I'm confident the truth will come out."