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Missing 16-year-old, Virginia man, share unique online connection

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UPDATE:  The grandmother of missing 16-year-old Kiera Inman tells us she has been found safe in Ohio.

This is a developing story. 

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KHQ.COM - The search for a missing 16 year old girl from Spokane enters day two, but even as the FBI and U.S. Marshals step in to help, there's no sign of Kiera Inman.   

Spokane police are still the lead on the case and say numerous tips have come in since we first reported her disappearance. They believe she may be traveling with 30-year-old Zachary Jones, who is from Virginia.

At first the investigation was centered around Kiera's grandmother, Sheila Brizius' home in North Spokane, but has since expanded, and Spokane police have even been in touch with Virginia police in case they end up back there. Detectives believe Inman and Jones may be traveling in a blue 1997 Acura with VA license plate VGD6867.

Inman's family says she is 16-years-old but is developmentally delayed and they believe Jones is manipulating her.  We recently discovered a unique connection that Jones and Inman may share. According to Brizius, Kiera spent a lot of time online and in the last few weeks her Grandma says Kiera told a friend at school about someone she had met online. 

"Her friend from school messaged that she told him a week or so ago that she is having a long distance relationship with somebody she met online," says Brizius.  KHQ was able to track down this online community known as "furries." 

It's a group where people can connect with others and play out what they call their inner animals. 

"She's an artist and she loves wolves," says Brizius, showing several of Kiera's latest works of art.  Her love of wolves is clear if you look around the teen's room; wolves are pretty much all you see. 

Her art illustrates her love of the creatures and now police are looking at every lead, including whether this furry site was where she and Zachary Jones may have met. 

But the biggest clue of all may have been right under their nose: her diary. 

"She lists 'Kelo' whoever that is," says Brizius pointing out the inscription in Kiera's diary.  "They all make up these names.  I don't know why."

The question now, is Zachary 'Kelo'?   

KHQ got in touch with a man named Casey, who says he met Zachary Jones in the Virginia "furry community", but knew him by a different name. 

"He goes by 'Kelo'", says Casey.  "Local people know him by that." 

Casey says a friend sent him a link to the news story about the missing 16-year-old after the Amber Alert was issued Monday. 

"I recognized him immediately," Casey says. "He's pretty low key, kind of kept to himself. He didn't seem like someone who stood out or would have any involvement with the individual who might be missing."

Casey says Kelo has been at some of the "furry" events in Virginia but now he may be blacklisted.   

"If this guy is involved in that he will not be welcomed back, period." 

 Already the furry community has posted warnings on Kelo/Zachary Jones' profile, saying that he is the suspect in an Amber Alert. 

"This is not something that we take lightly," says Casey.  "This is frowned upon and I really hope that that girl is found quickly."  

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