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Alamance County sheriff says 4 girls missing in human trafficking investigation

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ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. -- Sheriff Terry Johnson says investigators are looking for four juvenile girls in connection with a possible human trafficking case.

Two people were arrested last week in connection with an ineligible student-athlete from Nigeria playing for Eastern Alamance High School and Johnson said Tuesday he thinks it is part of a bigger human trafficking operation.

Aris Lamont Hines, 37, and Brandi Kauilani Thomason, 35, both of Mebane, were arrested last Thursday and charged with felony common law obstruction of justice and obtaining property by false pretense.

At a news conference Tuesday, Johnson talked about the search for three missing girls. In an interview today, he said the sheriff's office is now searching for a fourth girl who was living with the couple.

"We have four girls we're looking for," Johnson said. "We got a lead that has been run down now and hopefully from that we may be able to find the others because hopefully they're close by each other."

Johnson said there was one female that lived at the Holt Street residence with the Nigerian Eastern Alamance High School student.

"[Hines and Thomason] moved from Holt Street to where they are living now and some of those kids that were there then, one of them was a female. We're looking for her too. We have located two that were in that house, two males," Johnson said.

Investigators have been in contact by phone with an alleged coach of the male Eastern Alamance student in Nigeria this morning and this afternoon to help gain information in the case.

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