Georgia man arrested in taking teen over state lines held on bond

Jontai Kahri Austin charged with interstate interference with child custody
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Posted at 10:58 AM, Nov 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-11 10:58:51-05

UPSON COUNTY, Ga. — A 27-year-old man who was found in Alabama with a 16-year-old student who disappeared during a JROTC field trip is being held on bond.

Authorities said Jontai Kahri Austin was extradited to Georgia on Wednesday, where he made his first appearance in court.

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According to Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore, Austin had been communicating with 16-year-old Mila Brandord through social media for about a month.

Austin is being held in Upson County Jail on $5,000 bond.