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Two teenagers reported missing last week have both been found and returned home, according to Detective Josh Stroud of the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.

Two teenagers reported missing last week have both been found and returned home, according to Detective Josh Stroud of the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. Hailey Morgan was found with hey boyfriend, Nathaniel Patterson last Wednesday in Manchester; Chelsea Myers was found Saturday in Bridge City, Texas.

According to Stroud, he and Deputy Brian Epperson went to Manchester after tracking a number from a payphone where collect calls were made last Tuesday night. The Jeep the two left in was found abandoned at a Coffee County Wal-Mart.

While in Manchester, Stroud and Epperson checked store surveillance as well as those from surrounding stores. Police also had known addresses for Patterson’s family members in Manchester.

According to Detective Stroud, he spoke to some of Patterson’s family by phone letting them know the police were in the area. Not long after, Stroud said, he got a call from Patterson, who said he and Hailey wanted to meet and talk about what they’d done.  

Stroud said Patterson admitted his part in helping Morgan run away, and was brought back to be charged with contributing to delinquency of a minor. Came willingly. Jeep had been found at a walmart in Coffee county on Tuesday.

A Walmart security tape showed Patterson’s vehicle was dropped off the day the two turned up missing. Friends of Patterson’s allegedly followed them to the Walmart, where they got out of jeep and into another vehicle.

In the Chelsea Myers case, Stroud said a Benton IGA employee said Myers was seen Sunday night, the day she went missing. Stround went to IGA to watch surveillance, where she was seen entering the store near closing. Myers had allegedly gotten a ride to IGA and met up with group of people there. The surveillance tape showed them at the Western Union area. Only two Western Union wire transfers had been done that day, one from Texas.

Stroud said Myers had a Facebook friend from Texas, 18-year-old Brittany Hickman, who allegedly came up from Texas with a truck driver named David Smith to pick Myers up. Police were able to track Hickman through her cellphone, which led them to Myers. Hickman is being charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Possible charges against Smith are still pending.

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