UPDATE: Missing girls found

Girls went to Bike Week in Sandusky, never returned home
Sandusky Register Staff
Jun 8, 2014

Update 11:20 a.m. — Both girls have been located.

They are being arrested right now at the CVS at Monroe and Warren streets, Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said.

Click HERE for photos of the arrest

Huron police Sgt. Terry Graham said police are transporting the girls to Huron and will provide additional information when it's available.

Update 9 a.m. — Sandusky police are attempting to identify and locate teenagers two missing girls were reportedly with before they went missing, Sandusky police chief John Orzech said this morning. 

"They are supposed to be hanging out with them, or possibly could be with them," Orzech said. 

Meanwhile a search and rescue team out of Delaware, Ohio, issued an alert for the two missing girls this morning. 

SAR-OH is an all volunteer, non-profit search, rescue and disaster response team that does not charge for its services.


Original post: 

Headline: Two 13-year-olds go missing
— They went to Ohio Bike Week on Saturday

Two teenagers went missing Saturday after saying they were going to a friend's house but went to Sandusky for Ohio Bike Week in a taxi instead. 

Huron police and the Sandusky police departments have scoured locations where the girls might have gone, but as of this morning they had not been located. 

Zoe Koehler and Maggie Freeman, both 13, were staying at a grandmother's house. They said they were going to a friend's house, but instead the girls and a friend took a taxi to Sandusky, police said. The friend called for a ride home, but Koehler and Freeman remained downtown.

The last communication from the girls was to a friend via Snapchat at about midnight, and a cell phone locator placed them in Sandusky at 1:21 a.m., police said.

Koehler was wearing jeans and a white T-shirt with a print. Freeman was wearing jeans with a light plum shirt.

Anyone with information on the girls is asked to call Sandusky police at 419-627-5863 or Huron police at 419-433-4114.


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The Hero Zone

I sincerely hope they are found unharmed! Based on the description I can't say I saw them in the shop over the weekend but I suppose I can always ask around my community in case anyone knows more.


If this is an abduction, not many scenarios could be worse. Out of town guests scattered back to where they've come from, naive young women in downtown Sandusky in the middle of the night when nothing good normally happens.


What taxi driver would drive two 13 year olds into Sandusky without a parent or more information?


Probably 100%


No Amber Alert?


Amber alerts are only issued when there is information pointing to an abduction. Possibly why they are asking for information now to justify an alert. Like did anyone see young girls get into a vehicle or something. No information at all is better than a wild goose chase.


According to one of the girls Facebook posts..One of the girls last posted a comment at 1:08 p.m. yesterday. Maybe the police should look into the girls facebook because it looks like one of the girls was having an argument of some sort with some people. Maybe they should check that out and start asking the people involved on the post if they know anythung. sorry for not mentioning the name of which one on here but I just didn't find that necessary. I sure hope they find these young girls safe and sound. Prayers go out to them and their families.


You must be on their friends list, because their profiles are both private. Perhaps you should notify the police as to what you saw?


Apparently Mamajenjen they made them private after this article posted or something because my daughter also said she went onto the girls' pages and saw comments on there and that the pages weren't private. So, if they are private now, the settings more than likely have been changed before you had a chance to look at the pages yourself. Just a thought that maybe you should consider.


I was able to get on their pages as well and saw the rant. They must have made private recently.


Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).


ALOT of 13 year olds talk like that. Especially on social media. Most parents do not check on it or see it. The ones that are so shy and never speak at school or in public.....check their twitters or their facebook, they would make sailor or a truck driver blush!


Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).


love how you feel compelled to bash these little girls when your own grown son is sitting in the county jail. don't throw stones. you don't know their story.


You said it right liberalmom!! Keyword, GROWN!!!!!!! I have no control over what my GROWN son does!!!! I can tell him a trillion times to leave a low life girl, who wants to call the police on him because he keeps calling her phone, alone, but if he doesn't, that's on HIM!!!!! On the other hand, MY 13 year olds weren't taking a cab from HURON on a Saturday to bike week in SANDUSKY with their friends and not not contacting anyone or coming home at all and in turn setting out a big search wasting money and resources only to find out that they have been shacked up with some boys for the weekend!!!! And by the way, since you seem to know me oh so well, and you have so much to say to me about my son, you don't have to hide behind your Sandusky Register screen handle, you can come and say what you have to say to me to my face!!!! Don't even try to compare me or my kids to these little 13 year old, out of control, need a good butt whoopin, disrespectful kids in this article!!! Like I said, bring that crap to my face!!!!


If your GROWN son can't make good decisions, how can you expect some teeny-boppers to make good decisions? These girls need alotta help. You have no idea what they have gone through or their families. IJS, you're not perfect. You're kids aren't perfect. Stop judging. No one is judging your parenting skills because your son can't keep his hands off a woman. It was so easy to figure out who you are. I have better things to do than bringing this crap to your face. I guess the apple doesn't fall that far from the tree.


Well apparently you must KNOW me, since you know my name, know my son's name, and know that he's in jail! But first off, you must not know me TOO well, because if you did, then you would know that my son has NEVER put his hands on that girl! Look at his charges dumb@$$ He's sitting in jail for telephone harassment because they kept calling EACH OTHER but when SHE didn't want to be bothered with the phone calls anymore, that's when her little butt decided to call the police on him. He also has unpaid fines and violation of a protection order from a previous incident from when SHE picked up a kitchen knife and threw it at MY son, and because he grabbed her wrist afterwards when she went psycho and tried to punch him, she told the police a made up story and got a protection order agaist him. SHE didn't even show up at court the day that he went for the protection order and he was told if she wasn't there by a certain time that those charges would be dropped, so how he was charged with a violation of that anyhow is beyond me! And if you think that anything I'm saying isn't true, then please, by all means, call his grandmother a liar while you are at it as well, because my son's ex-girlfriend is the one who told everything that I just told you to my son's grandmother!! And my son's grandmother is a very honest church going woman, so I know that she isn't lieing or just making up stories! So, maybe you should try to get your stories straight the next time you want to slander someone's child and call them a woman beater!!!! My son knows better than to put his hands on a woman, he saw enough of that done to me growing up if that's what you meant by your smart@$$ little comment of "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!" Again, since you know who I am, and I obviously have NO problem telling you ANYTHING about me, why don't you divulge who YOU are? Oh, that's right, you probably don't have enough balls to! And these girls had NO business taking a cab from Huron to Sandusky on a Saturday, to bike week, where THOUSANDS of drunk bikers and other people were, and not coming home or calling anyone at all!! They had many people looking for them, frantically, searching, using valuable time, money, and resources! And what were they doing!? Shacking up with BOYS for the weekend!!!! Are you freaking kidding me?? These girls are THIRTEEN years old, just got out of SEVENTH GRADE!!!! Are you seriously condoning this behavior???? If so, I would seriously question YOUR parenting skills right now!!! Would you be ok with this if it were YOUR 13 year old daughter who did this??? And you act like I'm the only one who thought the same way that I do, MANY others said way worse things than I did, but because you know who I am, you decide to personally get on here and slam ME!?! WHY?? Personal?? Hmmm...Again, why don't you just say who you are?? Those girls, or at least Maggie, needs a butt whooping and some parental intervention in her life, just go look at her facebook page and tell me you don't agree!!!!!. And you are right, they do need some help, but you don't know their story either, because before you got on here and slammed me, people who personally KNOW Maggie AND her mom stated that she is an out of control 13 year old and her mom has NO control of her at all and let's her get away with EVERYTHING!!!! The Register deleted those comments, so of course you probably didn't see THOSE...but it's ok, you keep judging ME while you be a hypocrit and tell me not to judge others! Lol p.s. I'm sure you know I'm on facebook, so why don't you just stop being a wuss and tell me how you feel there! :)


For this big a**'paragraph of yours! these girls weren't so called "shacking" up with boys for the weekend ! So how about you go get your stuff straight before you start talking crap as well.


I saw it too Jade!!! I love both these girls myself they are wonderful friends to my son. I hope both return how safe.

Stop It

13 yr. old girls out at a biker event at 1:30 am. Nuff said!


I agree! My daughter is 16 and wasn't allowed down there after dusk.


I'm assuming the missing girls weren't ALLOWED either, but they still went.

mimi's word

I hope your 16 yr. old can read better than you..."were staying at a grandmother's house. They said they were going to a friend's house, but instead the girls and a friend took a taxi to Sandusky..."


Skylar's Law, a law that will ensure that any child under the age of 18 regardless of the circumstances of their disappearance will be considered a MISSING PERSON, first and foremost, and be treated as such, until a further investigation points to the fact that they have indeed runaway. 

So under This law should an Amber Alert not be issued? ?


Summary of Department of Justice Recommended Criteria

1. There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred.
2. The law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
3. There is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child.
4. The abduction is of a child aged 17 years or younger.
5. The child’s name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.


No, it shouldn't.

lunchtime 175

Yes why would a taxi company take two 13 year old kids to Sandusky without written permission from their parents or guardians?? I think the Taxi company needs investigated too on its guidelines, etc. Hopefully the girls are found safe.


Taxi drivers aren't babysitters, nor should we expect them to be. Too many parents already seem to think that teachers are responsible for their kids' behavior, and now cab companies? What's next, the pizza delivery guy?

I have little doubt that any cab driver would have reported a young girl in his cab unwillingly, but there's every indication here that the kids had intent as well as the cab fare. Combine that with the fact that some parents TELL their kids to take a cab rather than getting a ride from a stranger (or an untrustworthy neighbor or acquaintance), and I just don't get how anybody could hold the driver (or the cab company) even a LITTLE responsible!

How about the parents who left the girls with a grandmother? How about a grandmother who apparently didn't verify the girls were expected at their friend's house? I'm not necessarily blaming them, either -- teenagers aren't always the most reliable when it comes to honesty, especially when they have plans they know probably wouldn't be approved by guardians -- but certainly they bear more responsibility than a guy doing his job!

That being said, teenagers are also not always the most responsible. A party is a party is a party, and they don't typically have the life experience to make the best choices. That doesn't mean they should be punished for it by being harmed, though, so here's hoping this is JUST a lesson learned for one and all and not anything worse than that!


Last I checked there is no law restricting age and using a taxi. Hope they are safe if they indeed ran away from home.

William Jeffers...

Probably no different than jumping on a bus...BUT even if not legally required, it would probably be a responsible business practice to do so.