Adoptive father of missing TN teen arrested, charged with rape


MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says the adoptive father of missing teen Savannah Pruitt has been arrested and charged with rape.

Randall 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 Pruitt had been found, saying they did not want to compromise the integrity of the investigation.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it is assisting.

Pruitt was last seen at her Madisonville residence on January 13, 2019.

She was believed to have traveled to the Corbin, Ky. area, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detectives saying at a press conference Friday that her two cell phones both pinged location last toward that area, about a mile and half across the Kentucky state line.

The phones have been off since Jan. 14, authorities say. 

The Pruitt family had just moved back to Madisonville from Lawrenceville, Ga. in late December.

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