The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

September 14, 2013

Conneaut woman who harbored a runaway could be going to court

CONNEAUT — Charges are pending against a Conneaut woman who police said sheltered a runaway, 12-year-old neighbor for two days this week, officials said.

The woman, who lives on Adams Street, could be charged with endangering children, along with interfering with parental custody, after the law director’s office reviews a report, said Police Chief Charles Burlingham.

The child was located unharmed Thursday afternoon, Burlingham said.

On Tuesday, Lori Sayers of Mill Street contacted police to report her daughter, a seventh-grade student at Conneaut Middle School, had disappeared after coming home from classes. “She got off the school bus, came home, wrote a note, packed a bag and left,” Sayers said.

Anxious relatives mounted a campaign to alert the area, posting flies with the girl’s photo and description “from Albion (Pa.) to Kingsville,” Sayers said.

Two days later, police — acting on a tip provided by Sayers — located the girl on nearby Adams Street. Sayers’ daughter is acquainted with the suspect’s young son, she said. Sayers said she became suspicious when the boy, usually very friendly, made a point of avoiding her since her daughter’s disappearance.

On Thursday, Sayers shared her observation with the police, who immediately went to the Adams Street house, she said. The girl was located in an upstairs bedroom, Burlingham said. She had not been held against her will, he said.

Sayers said she wanted to thank the Conneaut Police Department for its diligence and the Conneaut Public Library for printing at no cost the fliers distributed in the area. “They were absolutely awesome,” she said.

The family also benefited from a large network of people who assisted the search, Sayers said.

“We had quite a few people out there digging,” she said. “I wasn’t going to stop until my daughter was brought home.”

Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Bill Murray Continues To Be Just Bill Murray By Eating Some Free Bill Murray Ice Cream Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl