By the time this newspaper goes to press the two missing teens, from this area should be safe and sound at home.
Mason McGillivray, 15 and Haley Patterson were located Tuesday, Aug. 20, in St. Louis, Missouri.
“There are no criminal charges. This was just a runaway and a safety issue,” said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson. “This was a situation where these two individuals met. This was not forced as in one took the other. It was just two kids who decided to runaway together, because they were in some sort of relationship.”
They went missing late Aug. 10, last seen in the Mooreville area and were in a white, four-door 2002 Chevy Tracker with a Pontotoc County license plate. According to a Facebook post by McGillivray’s mother, he was supposed to be spending the night in Pontotoc with a family member.
“The grandfather of the male subject (McGillivray) reported his vehicle missing, so we felt like the teens took it. It was entered as stolen because the grandfather hadn’t given permission for the grandson to take it,” Johnson said.
At the beginning of the search, people called in saying they’d seen the young people, both in Mooreville and Pontotoc.
But early Tuesday a.m. law enforcement got news the teens were in the “Gateway City” on the western bank of the Mississippi River. Obviously they’d taken I-55 North and driven about 370 miles.
“The teens had approached a private individual and told this person they were from Tupelo. The person didn’t see any parents, wondered about their age and the vehicle and decided something wasn’t right,” Johnson said. “This concerned citizen eventually called us. Law enforcement from there were able to detain the boy, take possession of the vehicle but the girl had left.
“She was located later that same day, so thankfully they are both safe.”
Anyone who has additional information about this case, can call 662-680-5766.