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Amber Alert Teen and Father Found

An Amber Alert issued for a missing Minnesota teenager and her father was cancelled on Tuesday after the two were found in the Mall of America.

Deidre Michuda, 14, and her father, Stephen Michael Michuda, 34, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., were found in the transit center at the Mall of America by an unidentified citizen who later called in, Inver Grove Heights Police Lt. Jerry Salmey said.

Stephen Michuda, a convicted sex offender, did not have custody of his daughter and was not allowed to have unsupervised contact with her, police said. He was seen picking her up after school on Monday by Deidre's siblings.

The minivan the Michudas were seen travelling in was found in South St. Paul early Tuesday, authorities said.

The Star Tribune article focuses on the girl and father being found as the main story. Additional leads are brought in later to the story, such as the comment about the father being a convicted sex offender as well as the very last paragraph about the father having BB guns and a knife.

Another interesting note about these two additional facts is that the Pioneer Press article didn't seem to include them. The point about the father being a sex offender is worded differently. The article says, "...Stephen Michuda, 34, described as a known sex offender." I found this somewhat odd, since the Star Tribune seems to have received a quote from the police stating that he has been "convicted", which is much stronger wording that leaves no doubt about the issue.

The Star Tribune also noted Inver Grove Heights as the father's place of residence, while the Pioneer Press stated that Stephen Michuda's permanent residence was not known and that he was living in Inver Grove Heights temporarily.

I thought it was interesting that the Pioneer Press also included a paragraph describing what an Amber Alert was. Is this technology still new enough that some people don't know what it is?
The Star Tribune instead explained that Amber Alerts aren't usually used for parental kidnappings and described the circumstances to explain why one was issued as well as further the story a little bit more.