Mooreville teen found safe, runs away again

Haley Patterson

On July 10, a female teenager, from Mooreville, went missing.

Law enforcement, at that time, thought Haley Patterson, 17, might be with Joshua Rayman, 37, and the two could be traveling in a white 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe.

“We have no concrete evidence that that’s what happened,” said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson. “Thursday night (August 5) she was located in Biloxi, was detained, our court was made aware of it and we were instructed to have her parents go pick her up.”

According to the sheriff — Patterson has been a runaway, at least, seven times.

“The parents did that. We don’t incarcerate people for running away,” Johnson said. “So mom and dad go to get her, come home so this weekend she’s at mom’s home in Deerpark Estates and she’s run off again.”

She left the house Saturday, August 7. This time the report will be handled by the Tupelo Police Department since it occurred inside the Tupelo City Limits.

On Aug. 10, 2020 Patterson, then 15, and Mason McGillivray, also 15, ran off and were eventually located in St. Louis, Missouri.

“The parents seem to be good people, who just have a troubled child. We have offered numerous counseling and opportunities which we have available but for whatever reason they (the parents) are trying to handle it on their own,” Johnson said. “She’s 17-years-old. It’s not going to be long until the running away won’t count anymore, she’ll just be a missing person if she continues to do this.”

Jerry Davis, Detective Captain with the Tupelo Police Department said, “Right now she’s a missing person, we don’t have any information as to if she’s by herself or with someone else.”

Patterson is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 140, has brown eyes and hair.

If you have any information about this case or know her whereabouts, please call the Tupelo Police Department at (662) 841-6491.

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