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Missing Salisbury teen found in Atlanta with registered sex offender

SALISBURY — A Salisbury teen reported missing in early May was found this week in Georgia with a registered sex offender.

Jasmine Brooks, 16, was reported missing on May 2 by her foster parent, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. She later made contact May 21 with her foster family via Facebook.

She was located after Atlanta law enforcement received a tip from a neighbor who said they’d met and talked to the young girl. She was in the presence of Justin Levi Marino, 41, of the 1000 block of Northeast Greenwood Avenue, according to the sheriff’s office.

Capt. John Sifford said a neighbor spoke with Marino while outside and Jasmine walked out, introducing herself. The neighbor felt uneasy and did a Google search. The neighbor discovered Jasmine was missing out of North Carolina.

Atlanta authorities determined Marino was a registered sex offender who was on federal probation. They obtained a warrant and conducted a search of his residence. During a search of Marino’s home, law enforcement located cocaine and other items that Marino was prohibited from having due to conditions of his probation, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Atlanta Police Department as well as federal authorities and U.S. Marshals were able to locate Jasmine.

Rowan County DSS plans to travel to Atlanta to pick up Jasmine. Sifford said law enforcement agencies in Georgia, including federal agencies, will bring charges against Marino for the crimes he committed there and for picking up Jasmine and crossing state lines.

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