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Mom: Teen with ties to kidnapping suspects found

Mom: Teen with ties to suspects in horrific Philly basement captive case found in Philadelphia By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' A missing Florida girl found in Philadelphia may be connected to a horrific fraud case police say they discovered when four mentally disabled adults were found locked in the fetid basement of an apartment building.

The mother of 15-year-old Benita Rodriguez tells WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, Fla. that she spoke with her daughter by cellphone late Monday night. She had been missing since July.

Rodriguez's mother says her daughter had been friends with the son of one of the suspects in the Philadelphia case. She disappeared around the time the alleged ringleader abandoned a Florida home.

Philadelphia police say three people have been charged with kidnapping and related charges after a landlord discovered four people locked behind a steel door in the basement. One was chained to a boiler.

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