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10-year-old missing girl found with homeless man

Posted at 6:53 PM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-04 17:34:27-04

A missing ten-year-old North Fort Myers girl has been found with a homeless man.

Brandon Robbins, 21, is at the Lee County Jail, facing charges of lewd and lascivious behavior and interfering with custody.

The girl, who Four in Your Corner isn't identifying, went missing Thursday at 5 PM from her Island Vista Estates home. Five hours later, deputies found her with Robbins.

Robbins told investigators the girl was "his fiancée" and has been for two years. The girl told detectives Robbins forced her to be with him in the woods near her neighborhood.

"I would be terrified. I don't even know how I would react to something like that," a neighbor, Rissa Edilla, said.

Neighbors said homeless people live in the woods right next to Island Vista Estates, sometimes sleeping in the community's pavilions and wandering throughout the neighborhood frequently.

We found evidence of people living in the woods, but didn't see anyone there.

One neighbor suggested Island Vista Estates move the community's gate to the front of the property to block intruders.

Edilla said she hopes something gets done to protect the kids living there.

"I don't know who's responsible for this land, who owns it, but I feel like maybe they should do something," Edilla said.

Four in Your Corner reached out to the corporate offices of Island Vista Estates, but we haven't heard back.