Missing teen found, returned to parents

A 16-year-old Brown County girl was returned home Thursday night more than 18 hours after she was reported missing.

Rebekah McCoy was found hiding in a bedroom closet in a house on Hornettown Road with her boyfriend, 21-year-old Duran Morgan, police said.

Morgan, of Nashville, was arrested on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and resisting law enforcement.

Her parents had reported her missing from her home on Upper Schooner Road at about 1 a.m. Sept. 1. They told Brown County sheriff’s deputies that McCoy had been missing for several hours and had left her cellphone at home.

Morgan had been to the house earlier in the evening but left, the parents told police. When they checked her room later, they discovered she was not there.

Duran Morgan
Duran Morgan

Deputies checked known residences and other locations in the county that Morgan frequents but were not able to find him or McCoy, the sheriff’s department said in a press release.

At about 6:40 p.m., the girl’s mother, Pamela McCoy, contacted Deputy Josh Stargell and told him her daughter had called her, but blocked the incoming phone number and would not tell her mother where she was, but said she was on her way home.

A few hours later, Stargell learned from a telephone company the number the girl had called from and was able to link that number to a person who lived on Hornettown Road, the press release said.

Deputies went to the home and found McCoy and Morgan hiding in a closet in a bedroom, police said.

Police asked for the public’s help in finding McCoy through Facebook; that post was shared more than 3,000 times.

Juvenile probation officer Brenda Dewees is reviewing this case and will decide if any charges will be filed, Public Information Officer Greg Pittman said.