A teen in South Carolina who had been reported missing by her parents was charged with filing a false police report after being found less than a week after she disappeared.
According to reports, 16-year-old Marley McKenna Spindler was found in the parking lot of a shopping center in Charleston, South Carolina, after she was last seen leaving a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Myrtle Beach on August 20th.
An officer reportedly approached the teen after spotting her at the shopping center, prompting her to tell him that she was fine and on her way home.
Spindler also told the officer that she’d been forced by a stranger to drive him to an undisclosed location or else she would be in “trouble.” Later, she told detectives that she was “kidnapped from the Myrtle Beach area” and was “sexually assaulted” after being taken to Charleston.
Surveillance cameras captured Spindler withdrawing money from her bank on August 20th in Myrtle Beach, and authorities said she changed clothes before doing so.
It was subsequently discovered that Spindler went to pick up a young man, identified as Jeremy, to take him to his home in Georgetown County. Jeremy was cleared of any wrongdoing.
“We have no reason to believe that there is any foul play involved in this case,” Horry County police Lt. Raul Denis said.
On a Facebook page set up to help locate Spindler, her family addressed the outcome of the case in a brief post.
“We now would like to ask you to please allow us the time and privacy we need to begin to healing as a family,” they wrote.
“This page will remain open and we welcome you to leave your positive messages of love and support for Marley McKenna and her family. God Bless Ya’ll!”