FBI Joins Hunt for Missing South Carolina Teen

26 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

16-year-old girl disappears after texting friends that someone is ‘following her’ and she never makes it to first day of school.

South Carolina police are hunting for a 16-year-old high schooler who vanished Thursday on her way to her first day of junior year, her matching lunchbox and backpack in tow.Afterwards she told them that she was off to pick up ‘Jeremy’, a 22-year-old she met a few weeks earlier on the beach, to drive him to his home in Georgetown County 30 miles away.The teen was also seen teen driving on Ocean Boulevard and stopping by her bank, where she withdrew a small amount of money from her account, less than $100, said Lieutenant Raul Denis of the Horry County Police Department, according to NBC News. Police said Marley was last heard from at 8.42am that morning, when she sent a group text to her friends saying someone was following her – but they wrote it off as a joke.

The missing teen was last seen wearing long blue jeans, a white flowery tank top and gold sandals, with a cross-body style purser, a carrying a Vera Bradley book bag and Vera Bradley lunchbox, according to a missing person’s flyer. Her father Jay rang her phone later that day and it was answered by a clerk at the Ocean Reef Resort, a hotel close to her home, saying the phone was found in the car park earlier that day.

Police said that an original person of interest in the case, a 22-year-old man known only as ‘Jeremy,’ and who was reported to have been with the teen, has been cleared. ‘We just want Marley back home,’ said the missing teen’s aunt, according to WBTW, ‘And I just want her to know that if she’s able to see this news, your momma and daddy and family love you so much, and we just want you back home safely, baby.’ ‘She’s 16, she’s very young and maybe she didn’t intend to get in a bad situation, but may find herself in one now,’ said the distressed aunt. ‘If you see this we don’t care what you’ve done and you aren’t in trouble. After breakfast, the teen — who got her driver’s license just two weeks before she vanished — drove her 2002 Ford Escape to a local bank, surveillance video showed.

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