Marley McKenna Spindler, 16, told her friends someone was following her in a group text message, but they passed it off as a joke.
The teen hasn’t been seen since Aug. 20, the first day of her junior year at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. After having breakfast with her friends at a local Chick-fil-A, Spindler told them she was going to pick up a 22-year-old man named Jeremy, whom she’d met at the beach several weeks earlier, and drive him home before class, but she never made it to school, NBC News reported.
Jeremy has been cleared of any involvement in Spindler’s disappearance, and police said they don’t suspect any foul play despite the cryptic text message.
Before she sent the text, Spindler was seen on surveillance footage withdrawing less than $100 from her bank account, apparently after changing her clothes, WBTW reported.
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“She's 16, she's very young and maybe she didn't intend to get in a bad situation, but may find herself in one now," Spindler's aunt, Shelley Long, told Dateline NBC. "If you see this, we don't care what you've done and you aren't in trouble. We just want you home safe.”
Spindler’s car, a 2002 silver Ford Escape with South Carolina tag KFI-776, has also not been found since her disappearance.
Anyone who has any information on her whereabouts is encouraged to call the Horry County Police Department.