Missing teens found unharmed

CVS clerk recognizes girls who sneaked off to Ohio Bike Week on Saturday and didn't return
Courtney Astolfi
Jun 10, 2014

 

astolfi@sanduskyregister.com

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.

Comments

FalconBall

Juvenile court records are sealed and with that being the case I can't believe we are privy to so much information and pictures on this story. Honestly, having dealt with troubled kids this age I believe that usually this kind of attention feeds troubled kids in a bad way. Enough attention, they simply need help privately.

Jaqdup

Well, Falconball, maybe they should have thought about this before they snuck out and didn't return. They wanted their 15 minutes of fame, they got it!!

FalconBall

The problem, as I implied, is that it's not embarrassing but rather feeds their reputation encouraging more of this behavior. It also encourages others with similar personalities to seek similar attention. This article and pictures encourages more of this behavior not discourage it. The kids that find this embarrassing rarely get into these situations.

betweenlines

Maybe it's time to stop giving teenagers everything they want.

Wald

I'm glad they're ok, but look at their smiles while handcuffed in the pictures. They probably think this is a big joke and will use the incident to give them popularity. With all the attention, they're "rock stars" now. Sad.

mamaC

^ agree

Maboom2Paul

I witnessed this event. I was there. I didn't see anyone smiling.

powerhouser

Said same thing yesterday Falconball. But the register is an award winning paper. Amazing journalists.

yea right

cough cough choke hack hack...darn hairball

mamaC

Why read the award winning paper then? No less you created a profile and comment on stories?

Fordman

If they were my kids, i'd be in jail for warmen their a $$. 13 ain't too old for that. Shouldnt have cell phones, shouldnt have fb, and shouldn't have computers without parental locks until they graduate. Mine didn't.

8ballinthesidepocket

Stupid inconsiderate self centered idiots. They ought to be charged for all the expenses incurred tracking these dummies down and if they don't have the money, they not their parents, work it off at $8.00 per hour community service.

Danigogo789

Totally agree with you

lmalley77

"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."

Wait, what? These girls wasted multiple resources, money, and time so that they could be in Sandusky with some boys that they know, but they were just released to their parents? WOW! That's really teaching them a lesson! Bet they were right back out of the house yesterday as soon as all of the police left and they got their little wrists slapped. Unbelievable!

Danigogo789

A

jadenicole3

Back on facebook already cussing like a sailor and causing more drama. Guess one of the girls parents didn't really care. They will be back at it again in no time.

GoBigLex2001

Wow..shorts short enough..and 13 no less. I have a feeling this will not be their last rodeo.

Daniella70

What I do want to know is why are you people on here just saying random crap. "Shorts short enough" "they need their a** whooped" "they're cussing on Facebook" first off Facebook is private and should be for them and their friends and family not random people to go and snoop around in! That's not the point of this what so ever anyways. They are teenagers. Like people have been saying "teenagers make mistakes" adults do too. So no where should anyone be saying anything about that period point blank. I know Zoe, she's not a bad child! But the other girl is her cousin. And I'm pretty sure if that was me and she was my family I would stick with them too. And also just like some people said you guys are limited to the information so half of the people commenting on here have not a clue what they're talking about. I know Maggie also, she isn't a bad child she just needs alittle anger management and alittle help. And this incident was not for "fame" or "attention". And finding these girls had no cost what so ever. The search group used was founded by the county and was completely free! These girls were grounded and we limited to little resources other than their devices. And these pictures posted of juveniles is very unnecessary!!! They are under age kids. And the families of these girls could sue the Sandusky Register.. Sorry had to put that out there. But that's all

MoonBaby

Daniella70 they weren't ground for very long were they? Seems the parents need to take a little time to set some boundaries and start having circumstances for bad choices. And lets be honest, that isn't the case here. A person that is 13 years old can easily make bad choices as they explore life. Those choices that are bad will be continually repeated when the parents would rather placate their teen or be a friend,or perhaps just not be bothered with the bs that goes with enforcing an actual grounding. Cousins or not, a bit of time apart when the situation is turning into a nasty duo would be wise. As for the facebook issue, yes facebook is private but when you post stuff as public then it's fair game to criticism and assumption. They know that, you know that, and so does anyone looking in to see if they were up to the usual bad choices. If a poster doesnt want to be judged or seen then there is a little setting called "friends only" that can be easily clicked; otherwise the posting or pictures are intended for public viewing. Instead of making excuses, help by encouraging better choices, be an example, and don't glorify the bad behavior. "Good girls" do not behave the way Zoey and Maggie did during their weekend of fun. In fact, it isn't a matter of good girl vs bad girl as a description to how they are as a person. Rather it is young girls making bad CHOICES with no guidance from their adults in their life; exampled by the continued display of allowing them to do as they please, even after they caused a weekend search as missing girls. From the public posted pictures, it certainly gives the impression that
the "other girl" thrives on being a rebel and it looks like no one is watching except the community that has been made privy to a girl on the fast track to no where; with no one taking the time to redirect. 13 with a search as a missing person kind of throws away the right of not being made public in their arrest. Everyone was searching and posting and hoping for their safe return; only fitting that that everyone sees that they were not missing but just unruly.

MoonBaby

Daniella70 they weren't ground for very long were they? Seems the parents need to take a little time to set some boundaries and start having circumstances for bad choices. And lets be honest, that isn't the case here. A person that is 13 years old can easily make bad choices as they explore life. Those choices that are bad will be continually repeated when the parents would rather placate their teen or be a friend,or perhaps just not be bothered with the bs that goes with enforcing an actual grounding. Cousins or not, a bit of time apart when the situation is turning into a nasty duo would be wise. As for the facebook issue, yes facebook is private but when you post stuff as public then it's fair game to criticism and assumption. They know that, you know that, and so does anyone looking in to see if they were up to the usual bad choices. If a poster doesnt want to be judged or seen then there is a little setting called "friends only" that can be easily clicked; otherwise the posting or pictures are intended for public viewing. Instead of making excuses, help by encouraging better choices, be an example, and don't glorify the bad behavior. "Good girls" do not behave the way Zoey and Maggie did during their weekend of fun. In fact, it isn't a matter of good girl vs bad girl as a description to how they are as a person. Rather it is young girls making bad CHOICES with no guidance from their adults in their life; exampled by the continued display of allowing them to do as they please, even after they caused a weekend search as missing girls. From the public posted pictures, it certainly gives the impression that
the "other girl" thrives on being a rebel and it looks like no one is watching except the community that has been made privy to a girl on the fast track to no where; with no one taking the time to redirect. 13 with a search as a missing person kind of throws away the right of not being made public in their arrest. Everyone was searching and posting and hoping for their safe return; only fitting that that everyone sees that they were not missing but just unruly.