Missing 13-Year-Old May Be With A Man She Met On The Internet

Posted at 10:58 AM, Oct 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-22 11:14:02-04

HAMILTON, Mich. — The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance in locating a missing and possibly endangered 13-year-old girl from Hamilton.

She might by in the company of a 34-year-old man from California whom she met over the internet.

  • Name               Rachel Marie Baker
  • Age                  13
  • Race                American Indian
  • Hair                  Short collar length dyed multi colored (pink, yellow, green, and blue)
  • Height              5’4”
  • Weight             140 lbs.
  • Last wearing     Blue pajamas, black hooded sweatshirt with Kentucky printed on front, and grey boots,

The missing teenager was last seen around 11 pm on Monday October 21.  She was discovered missing in the early morning hours on October 22. Baker is known to have been in contact with a subject from California via the internet.   This subject actually showed up in Michigan about 2 weeks ago and has been in contact with Baker. Deputies believe she might be with him now and are asking assistance in locating her.

Rachel had runaway over night prior to this incident however she returned.  Rachel’s mother found a letter left by her indicating that Rachel wished to be with this subject and it is believed they might have left the area together.

Deputies investigating the scene called in a K9 dog from the Sheriff’s Office to assist.  The K9 dog was able to follow a track from the girl’s bedroom window to a location across the street where it appeared she may have gotten into a vehicle and left the area.

Suspect description:

  • Name               Joseph Young Arpin
  • Age                  34
  • Race                White
  • Hair                  Brown
  • Height              5’10”
  • Weight             280
  • Address           San Jacinto, California

Arpin’s Vehicle description:

  • 1999 Ford Mustang, burnt orange in color, and bearing expired California registration of  4GLK114

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office at 269-673-0500 or Silent Oberver