June 25, 2008
Missing Girls Found in South Carolina
By Joe Depriest, The Charlotte Observer, N.C.
Jun. 24--Cleveland County authorities have located all three teenage girls missing since they walked away from a group home worker Sunday at the Broad River Greenway south of Boiling Springs.
Shikeyla Wilfong, 15, and Brittany Roper, 16, were picked up Tuesday at the Bargain Shoe Store outside Gaffney, S.C., according to Boiling Springs Police Chief Marty Thomas.
Taylor Sandefer, 13, called her mother and told her that she was at a gas station in Cannons Campground in Spartanburg, S.C., Thomas said.
Authorities said all the girls were safe and uninjured.
Officers from Cherokee and Spartanburg counties assisted with temporarily detaining the girls until Boiling Springs police assumed custody.
The three teens were living at a Cleveland County group home and had been on an outing with an employee at the greenway on Sunday. When the employee called to the teens and told them it was time to leave, the three girls walked away, police said.
Searchers looked throughout the night Sunday and for several hours Monday without finding them.
According to Thomas, one of the girls said they met several young men at the greenway. The men gave the girls a ride to an unknown address in Spartanburg County, S.C. and they stayed there until Tuesday, Thomas said.
The girls then made several calls to the group home and to one parent, hoping to get a ride back to Cleveland County, The group home workers immediately notified Boiling Springs police, Thomas said.
Taylor has been released to her mother. Shikeyla Wilfong has been released back into the care of the group home and Brittany Roper has been released to Henderson County Department of Social Services.
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