Wilderville man arrested for kidnapping 15-year-old girl in Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Grants Pass Police say a Wilderville man was arrested for kidnapping a 15-year-old girl in Grants Pass Sunday, June 18.

According to police, the girl was forced into a car by someone she did not know on the north end of NE 7th Street.

GPPD says the girl was driven out to the Merlin area.  Video surveillance from businesses around the area identified the kidnapping suspect as Mark Junior Dastrup, 42 of Wilderville.

Police located Dastrup on June 30 at a home on Old Redwood Highway in Wilderville.  Dastrup was taken into custody without incident.

Dastrup was booked into Josephine County Jail for kidnapping, rape, sodomy, and sex abuse charges.

Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is asked to call the Grants Pass Police Department at 541-450-6260 and reference case 23-25695.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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