Fri January 11, 2008Families still await missing persons' return
MAYSVILLE — Two people have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a Maysville teen who was found Wednesday and reunited with her family.
Ann Marie White, 17, was reported missing after her parents went to wake her for school and noticed she wasn't there.
Barbara Mack, 59, and her son, Jimmie Reed, 19, were arrested Wednesday afternoon after White was found in their Maysville home.
Both were arrested on complaints of harboring a runaway and obstruction of justice, Maysville Police Chief Cody Harper said.
Police had searched the home of Mack and Reed twice before they found White, Harper said. White, a special education student at Wayne High School, had been hiding behind a freezer in the home, Harper said.
Police learned White was in the home while arresting two other men who lived at the home on unrelated drug charges, Harper said.
"I just kind of talked to them, and they finally told me she had been at the home both times we searched,” Harper said.
White was found uninjured in the home about 5 p.m. during the third search of the residence.
"This seems like a bizarre case to me,” Harper said. "She's a special-needs student, she's real vulnerable and susceptible. I'm not sure why they were hiding her. We are investigating whether they threatened her.”
"I was expecting the worst on this one,” he said. "I was really hoping she did run way, then maybe we would find her, and we did.”More missing persons
Several people have been reported missing the past few months, and not all of them have such a happy ending.
In Tulsa, investigators are searching for the body of 13-year-old Cori Baker, who is presumed dead. Cori was last seen leaving her school with her older sister's boyfriend.
Tulsa police also are investigating the disappearance of Keyonna Jenkins, 27, who was last seen Dec. 16, and Angie Tucker, 34, who hasn't been seen since early November. In Haworth, the family of Matthew Wilson, 20, waits for clues about his whereabouts. Wilson, a computer science student at Rice University in Houston, was last seen at his apartment on Dec. 14.
Rice University and Wilson's family have put up a $20,000 reward for information about his whereabouts.
Houston Crime Stoppers has pitched in another $5,000. Tracking the lost
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation often works missing-persons cases, but usually at the request of a local law enforcement agency, said Jessica Brown, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
"If there is a crime suspected, OSBI can be called in,” Brown said.
When a child is reported missing, state and local law enforcement will work together to get information out about the child or circumstances of their disappearance, Brown said.
In the Maysville case, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol helped local law enforcement spread the word that White was missing, Harper said.
There are several lists of missing people and missing children, but it's unclear whether there is a centralized list of the missing in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation lists 52 juveniles as missing. That list doesn't include missing adults.
Brown said searching for missing adults can be difficult, because adults sometimes walk away from their lives and don't want to be found.