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Family relieved after missing Spokane girl is found alive in Ohio

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"We're thrilled," says Sheila Brizius.  "Prayers do work." "We're thrilled," says Sheila Brizius. "Prayers do work."
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Good news on Wednesday morning ending a three day Amber alert and nationwide search for 16 year old Kiera Inman.  Inman was found with the man police say took her, 30 year old Zachary Jones. 

The pair was found in Ohio, near Columbus.  That's about 2200 miles from Spokane, but only 500 miles from Virginia, where Jones lives. 

This morning KHQ was there as Kiera's grandparents, Sheila and David Brizius packed up the car and headed to Ohio to go get their little girl. 

"We're thrilled," says Sheila Brizius.  "Prayers do work."   Her grandfather, David adding, "we're going to take this young lady and we're going hug her so much she's going to have bruises."  (not literally)

Pure relief from her grandparents after more than 48 agonizing hours of not knowing if their granddaughter, Keira, was safe or even alive. 

"I've been very scared not knowing the circumstances and not knowing this guy," says Sheila.  "You're on pins and needles," says David.  "We sat around all night waiting and then we finally went to bed."

They were woken up shortly thereafter but this time it was good news.   

"He says we found her. She's safe," says Sheila, referring to the Ohio state trooper. 

The trooper found the car at a rest stop in rural Ohio.  Inside the car asleep were Keira and suspect, Zachary Jones.   Once they heard the news all her grandparents could think of was getting her home. 

"The trip home is not going to be any lectures," says David Brizius.  "It's going to be a joyous reunion."

Police say both were cooperative.  Kiera was taken to the hospital and checked out.  Jones was arrested on kidnapping charges. 

After learning about the arrest we dug a little bit deeper to find out who Zachary Jones is. 

In previous coverage we talked about how Kiera and Zachary "Kelo" Jones, likely met online.  Arrest records obtained Wednesday raise concerns that this type of behavior could be a pattern. 

It was a statement made by Jones' father, Buddy.  According to Buddy, Zachary frequently meets women online and goes to meet them. 

In his statement to police, Buddy Jones said he knew that his son was off to connect with another of his online "friends", lending Zach his Acura last Friday so he could make the trip. 

He also told investigators he knew his son had another identity, "Kelo."  Zach used that name when he went to meet other "furries", people who imagine themselves as anthropomorphic animals for fun and a sense of community.  Kelo was a furry wingless dragon in the furry world when he met Kiera, she was a wolf.      

Our investigation shows that Zach and Kiera had a rich online relationship.  She even shared a drawing of their two animal forms with the caption "I couldn't go a day without us." 

Zach was comfortable online, which makes sense because on one of his profile pages he listed his job as an IT professional who worked for Visual Unlimited. 

Chris Moore, owner of Visual Unlimited confirmed Jones worked there from 2010 to 2013, but says they weren't close. 

"Jones kept to himself," says Moore.  "I didn't really know him on a personal level, but was still shocked by the news."

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