“The Marlette teen that was reported missing for nearly three days has been returned back to her parents.
The teen left her home in Marlette on December 26th at approximately 6:30 p.m. after making arrangements with a person she met on line to pick her up.
She was transported to the Kalamazoo area where she spent several days with the person. During that time she bleached and cut her hair to avoid being recognized.
On December 29th the person that picked her up saw the posting on the internet of her being reported as a missing person and told her she had to leave.
She was transported by the person to a woman’s shelter in Kalamazoo where workers contacted the Marlette Police Department and reported that she was there at approximately 7:00 p.m. on December 29th, 2014.
Marlette Police contacted Kalamazoo Police who responded and took custody of the missing teen. The Marlette Police then contacted the family and advised them of her location. Arrangements were made and the family responded to Kalamazoo and brought the teen home.
The teen is being evasive with police; however is answering questions in regards to her whereabouts and the name of the person responsible for picking her up. She stated that she has been in contact with the person for nearly two months by using friend’s phones at school, etc.
She is in good physical condition and did not require any medical attention.
Although the teen has been returned home and is now safe, the criminal investigation will continue with the issuance of search warrants for social media information to include emails, texting apps and more. All efforts are being made to locate the person or persons responsible.
The Marlette Police Department was assisted by Ryan Edberg (Sanilac County Prosecuting Attorney), Macomb FBI office, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.”
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