Runaway teen found in Dubois County

A teen who left Brown County High School nearly two weeks ago was found at safe a home in Dubois County Monday afternoon, Nashville Police Assistant Chief Tim True said this morning.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted in locating her at around 4 p.m. Monday, True said.

The girl was with a 19-year-old male friend, True said.

Police used technology to find her. True declined to give more details about those methods.

He said police did not believe she was in danger because she had been keeping in contact with people via the internet and text messaging.

“I want the public to know that we exhausted all means that we had available to find her. This wasn’t something that we took lightly. We were very serious about it,” True said. “Every day that I came on shift for the last three weeks, almost, has been devoted to applying for search warrants, contacting other agencies to search other areas.”

True said the public helped in finding the girl.

Because she ran away and police believed she wasn’t in danger, an Amber Alert was not issued, True said.

“Some way or another, she was contacting someone every couple days that she was fine and she just didn’t want to come home,” he said.

The girl left Brown County High School during the school day on Nov. 21. Police took a runaway report from the juvenile’s mother that evening at around 7 p.m., True said.

“She’s been taken care of as far as eating, housing and stuff like that. She got hooked up with somebody that nobody else knew, a friend, and was able to hide out from us,” he said.

She was transferred to the Bartholomew County Juvenile Detention Center. She faces a “status offense” as a juvenile runaway. A court hearing today will determine where she goes next, True said.

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Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers business, cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.