GRAYSON COUNTY, KY. (THECOUNT) — The F.B.I. has made an arrest in the case of missing Tennessee teenager, Savannah Leigh Pruitt, officials announced Thursday.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says Randall Pruitt, the adoptive father of missing teen Savannah Pruitt has been arrested and charged with rape.


Pruitt faces one count of rape. The sheriff’s office was not able to provide any other details, including the circumstance of the arrest or whether Savannah Pruitt had been found, saying they did not want to compromise the integrity of the investigation.

Pruitt, 14, was reported missing from her Madisonville home on the night of January 13, 2019.

Authorities now say a suspect has been arrested in Leitchfield, KY, in the disappearance of the young girl. The suspect has yet to be identified.

Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, the FBI detained a male suspect at the Marathon gas station at 802 South Main Street, in Leitchfield, KY.

Pruitt’s two cell phones were pinged near the I-75 welcome center in Corbin the morning of Jan. 14, about 140 miles from her home. The phones have been inactive since.

WKOA interviewed a Marathon gas station employee working at the time. The employee told them the male suspect entered the store Wednesday evening and made a purchase. When he exited the store and returned to his vehicle, appearing to be a gray Ford passenger car, the suspect was immediately surrounded and taken to the ground by several FBI agents. The suspect was the only person traveling in the vehicle. source

Within minutes, Leitchfield Police Department Sgt. Robert Jackson and Officer Eugene Cain, and possibly other LPD officers, arrived at the Marathon to assist.


Geo quick facts: Leitchfield is the county seat of Grayson County, Kentucky, United States. Leitchfield is a home rule-class city with a population of 6,699 as of the 2010 census – Wikipedia.