Mt. Pleasant Police file charge in case of missing Myrtle Beach teen

Mt. Pleasant Police file charge in case of missing Myrtle Beach teen
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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC/WMBF) - Mount Pleasant Police confirmed a "filing false police report" charge was filed in connection with the case of a 16-year-old who went missing from Myrtle Beach on Aug. 20.

The teen was found in Mount Pleasant on Wednesday.

At approximately 12:08 p.m. Wednesday, police pulled over a vehicle matching the description and license plates of the vehicle listed as the one the teen left the Myrtle Beach area driving, according to a heavily-redacted police report.

The report states that the officer recognized the young female driver with reddish/blonde hair as a missing person. The subject, who was not identified in the report, told the officer that after she picked up her friend in Myrtle Beach, someone she didn't know and told her to go, and that if she didn't, she would get into trouble.

Police then took the subject to the Mount Pleasant Police Department, and detectives from the Horry County Police Department arrived to conduct an interview. During the interview, she told detectives that she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted during the time she had been reported as missing.

Detectives searched the subject's SUV for evidence of the assault, and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner conducted an exam in the hopes of collecting forensic evidence of the alleged assault suspect's identity.

While taking the subject back to the police department from the hospital, a Mount Pleasant officer continued to discuss what happened to the subject, and realized that there was an inconsistency in her story: she originally said she was alone with the sexual assault suspect, but at one point said the suspect drove "us" down Highway 17. The subject then said she would be honest about everything.

Horry County Police again interviewed the subject. Once they got out of the interview room, they advised Mount Pleasant Police that the subject had fabricated the entire story.

It was determined that the subject is going to be charged with filing a false police report, the report states.

On Wednesday afternoon, Horry County Police confirmed the teen was found safe by Mount Pleasant Police.

"She is safe and will be reunited with her family as soon as possible," the HCPD release stated. "We are continuing to investigate this case to ensure we have a complete understanding of its facts and circumstances."

Horry County Police thanked the public for assistance in searching for the teen and said additional information would be provided as it becomes available.

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