Carroll Co. teen reunites with family, says she was abducted Halloween night

BRUCETON, Tenn. — Acia Ross, 13,  says she first met her alleged abductor three days before Halloween. She says she felt uncomfortable when meeting him and never wanted to see him again.

“No parent should have to hear that their child is gone,” said Latoyha Gadlen, Ross’s mother.

Bruceton police say Ross was kidnapped Halloween night.

Ross says her mother told her to meet at the Bruceton Dollar General, but she was abducted before she ever reached the store.

“He was like ‘get in the truck, get in the truck, get in the truck,’ over and over again, and it was like he was peer pressuring me into it, and I was scared,” Ross said. “But like, I mean I didn’t know if I had ran what was going to happen, and I didn’t know if I had yelled what was going to happen.”

She says the man was 34-year-old Joseph Ivan Fallon, who she met through a dating app called “Secret.”

“We were talking, and then at first he didn’t tell me his age at all. He didn’t tell me anything, and it just went from there,” Ross said.

“Secret” allows users to meet new people at locations in their area, all while ensuring the user’s privacy.

When Ross didn’t show up at Dollar General, her mom immediately called police.

“It didn’t even spark in my mind. It didn’t dawn on me. It dawned on me when I called the phone back and it was off, that’s when I knew something was wrong,” Gadlen said.

Ross says Fallon forced her to spend the night at Terrace Apartments in Jackson, then forced her to drive with him to Florida.

Just 24 hours later, Bruceton police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation found Fallon and Ross at a Gainesville, Florida, gas station. He is now in custody.

“Only thing I could think of is that I was dying, I was about to die,” Ross said.

Ross is now at home safe with her family. Her mother says she has been enrolled in counseling.

Fallon is in police custody in Florida. The investigation is ongoing.

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