Olive Branch Police tell Local 24 two Illinois men have been arrested in the case of the Olive Branch teen they say was lured away from home on a video game messaging app.
14-year-old Aubrey Peal’s parents reported him missing last Wednesday morning. He turned himself in to an Illinois fire station Sunday after seeing media reports.
According to the family, police say the teen was lured away from home by a person he met on a video gaming messaging app called “Discord.” Peal’s father tells Local 24 at least one of the men convinced the teen he was suicidal, and that his son is caring and thought he could help.
Olive Branch police say two men, ages 29 and 30, contacted Peal online and drove from Illinois to Mississippi to pick him up.
From Olive Branch Police:
Yesterday, August 7, 2018, Detectives of the Olive Branch Police Department, with the assistance of Williamson County Illinois Sheriff’s Department, apprehended and charged the following subjects with Kidnapping and Conspiracy for the kidnapping of Aubrey Peal III on August 1, 2018. These subjects will be extradited to our jurisdiction within the next few days:
Juan E. Andrade, 30, and Jason St Aubin, 29, both of 13242 Lakeview Dr, Creal Springs, IL
Both subjects received a bond of $555,555 for the charge of kidnapping and $55,555 for the charge of conspiracy, respectively.
The men are expected to be extradited back to Olive Branch.
The FBI is also investigating the case.
Discord provided the following statement to Local 24:
“We take our community’s safety very seriously and are constantly assessing and improving our trust and safety measures. Discord is an over 13 platform and we insist that all users adhere to this policy. All chats are opt-in so that the user must accept an invitation, and we urge our community only to chat with individuals whom they know. We have also created a number of security measures to help block unknown users from contacting others. As with any digital communication platform there are risks. We urge parents to teach their children the risks of communicating online and the importance of chatting to only those they know. We will continue to work with our community and law enforcement agencies when appropriate to develop the best practices to ensure our community’s safety.”
The company also says this link, https://blog.disc