Charges pending for pair of 14-year-old runaways

By Tanya Mitchell | Aug 13, 2012
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Searsport — Two local teens are back home with their families this week after the boy and girl, both 14, apparently ran away from their respective homes and reportedly spent the night in the woods Thursday, Aug. 9.

Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye said he put out a missing persons bulletin shortly after the families reported the youths missing at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening.

LaHaye said the young couple told their respective families they planned to take walks in various areas of town.

"The female said she was going to take the dog and go down to the shore," said LaHaye.

The boy reportedly told his family he was near the Dunkin' Donuts on East Main Street and had planned to take a walk in town.

"They ended up together," said LaHaye. "They did not want to be found."

Parents and friends of both teens spent Thursday night assisting police with the search effort, and the search continued through the early hours of Friday morning, Aug. 10.

"Then we received a call from two different sources saying they were seen in the vicinity of the Trundy Road in Searsport," said LaHaye.

LaHaye went to Trundy Road and spotted the youths near the roadway, and initially the girl ran into the woods, but the boy stopped. LaHaye said he called to the girl to come out of the woods and the girl complied, but moments later the teens took off again and crossed a ditch near the intersection of Navy Street extension and Trundy Road, near the Sprague Energy facility.

At that time, LaHaye said, Officer Dennis Remillard responded to the scene to assist, as did another Searsport town employee. LaHaye said a short time later, a friend of both of the teens' families went down along the shore to look for the youths, and reported to police that they were on the shore and headed in the direction of downtown.

LaHaye said Remillard went down to the shore via Summer Street, while LaHaye positioned himself behind a rock ledge on the beach in the area of Hamilton's Seine Loft on Route 1. The youths eventually walked past the spot where LaHaye had hidden, and when he addressed the teens they came with him willingly.

When he spoke with the teens, LaHaye said they appeared to have slept comfortably in the woods during the 18 hours they were missing.

"They told me they got more sleep than they'd bet I did," said LaHaye.

From there police contacted the parents of both youths and LaHaye said he met with both sets of parents Friday afternoon.

"I met with the parents Friday to determine where to go from here," said the chief.

Monday morning, Aug. 13, LaHaye said charges of failure to stop for an officer are pending against each of the youths.

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