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Missing teens found unharmed

Courtney Astolfi • Jun 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM


Two teenage girls from Huron who were reported missing after sneaking off to Ohio Bike Week were located in Sandusky Monday morning.

Local officials raised the alarm after Maggie Freeman and Zoe Koehler, both 13, didn't return home after they caught a cab to downtown Sandusky Saturday evening without permission.

Huron police, Sandusky police, Erie County deputies and a volunteer search-and-rescue team from Delaware, Ohio, helped in the search efforts Monday morning—but it was an observant CVS clerk who ultimately cracked the case.

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As Sandusky police officers were reviewing surveillance footage from the Monroe Street pharmacy— where the girls were also spotted on video Sunday—the pair of teens allegedly returned to the location, Sandusky police Detective Jon Huffman said.

It was shortly after 11 a.m. Monday when the girls again arrived at the drugstore, prompting a clerk to call 911 dispatchers, Huffman said.

Officers blocked off the exterior doors so the girls could not run, and both were arrested without incident inside the store.

It appears both sneaked off to attend the weekend's festivities, then met up with two Sandusky boys they knew, Huffman said.

Both were charged with unruly juvenile. They were originally going to be taken to the Erie County Detention Home, but due to some loose ends in the investigation and subsequent search, were instead released to relatives, Huffman said.

Editor's note: The Register does not routinely name juveniles involved in alleged criminal activity. An exception was made in this case, however, because they were first reported as missing.

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