Ex-deputy surrenders on sex charges, teen located

Former Lake County deputy Kenneth Turkle, left, and Marriah Andrews in photos released by the Oregon State Police on April 12, 2014
Former Lake County deputy Kenneth Turkle, left, and Marriah Andrews in photos released by the Oregon State Police on April 12, 2014

LAKEVIEW, Ore. (KOIN) — A former Lake County deputy wanted on three counts of sex abuse turned himself in at the Lake County Jail Sunday morning and the 17-year-old girl he was thought to be traveling with was found safe, according to Oregon State Police.

Kenneth D. Turkle was a deputy with the Lake County sheriff’s department for 10 years until he resigned about a week ago during an investigation by the Oregon State Police and the Lake County DA.

The Oregon State Police issued warrants for Turkle’s arrest on Saturday for three counts of third-degree sex abuse and three counts of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

On Friday, the 42-year-old Turkle was contacted by OSP detectives after the family of Marriah Andrews reported her missing. Andrews, 17, is believed to have had a recent sexual relationship with Turkle.

But Turkle told the detectives he didn’t know where Andrews was.

Marriah Andrews, 17, in a photo released by the Oregon State Police on April 12, 2014
Marriah Andrews, 17, in a photo released by the Oregon State Police on April 12, 2014

Andrews was last seen Friday morning in the Grants Pass area, authorities said in a release. She had been with a friend but was said to have left with Turkle.

Detectives could not find either Turkle or Andrews after Friday.  Both of Turkle’s cars were located.

The search for Andrews ended on Sunday when Oregon State Police said Andrews contacted a law enforcement officer in Lakeview and was later located safe and unharmed.

No additional information was released.

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