COLLINSVILLE, Texas (KTEN) — On March 2, Collinsville police responded to a report of a possible runaway after a mother found her 12-year-old daughter had left home.

"Didn't have any idea where she was or which direction she was going," said Collinsville police Chief Jeff Ashabranner.

The department contacted the Grayson County Sheriff's Office for help tracking the young girl's smartphone.

"We pinged the phone every 15 minutes and it kept that pattern going down [US] 82 through New Boston," Ashabranner said. "Ended up on [Interstate] 30 through Arkansas, then on [Intestate] 40 in Tennessee."

Social media posts showed the 12-year-old had been communicating with 19-year-old Manuel Alvarez Flores, an undocumented immigrant who drove the girl 10 hours away to his home in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

"They continued the investigation, gathered information, and contacted Shelbyville PD, and they apprehended the suspect and her on March 3rd at his residence," Ashabranner said.

The chief added that this case is just another example of why parents should monitor their children's phones.

"Check what they're looking at; see who they're talking to; and make sure they are aware of what children are doing on social media," he said.

Flores now faces felony charges in Bedford County, Tennessee.

"The officers did a really good job on this," Ashabranner said. "They took the time, put the work in, and it paid off. The child got home safely, and that was our number one goal."