Teen missing from Surfside Beach texted “Someone is following me” Found

UPDATE 27, 2015:  After Marley was found on Facebook the parents posted: “We now would like to ask you to please allow us the time and privacy we need to begin to healing as a family. This page will remain open and we welcome you to leave your positive messages of love and support for Marley McKenna and her family. God Bless Ya’ll!”

We have seen in the past when “we ask for privacy” is posted, when just hours before the family is pleading for help to find their missing child, that social media wonders what is going on, and want to know why they were such an open book giving out details of the case and calling Nancy Grace and TV station  and then clam up after their  child was found, that is an indication they were gone on their own free will, in spite of what the parents claim. 

 In this case we know a little more as the police have decided to charge Marley for filing a false police report. Evidently when she was found she told the police she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.  Later while still in the custody of the  police she told them that while vacationing at the Isle of Palms with her parents a month ago, she was kidnapped form the hotel parking lot and forced to withdraw money fro the bank, according to the Myrtle Beach Online.  .  


Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/crime/article32553966.html#storylink=cpy

UPDATE:  8/26/15 – Marley was found and located by the Mount Pleasant Police Department the Horry County Police Department said in a statement. 
“She is safe and will be reunited with her family as soon as possible,” police spokesman Lieutenant Raul E. Denis said. “We are continuing to investigate this case to ensure we have a complete understanding of its facts and circumstances. 

Original story:  A 16-year-old girl left her South Carolina home in Surfside Beach to have breakfast with her friends and then went missing.

Marley McKenna Spindler told her friends on Aug. 20, that she was going to pick up “Jeremy” to drive him home, and then would go to school.  Evidently, Marley met Jeremy who is 22 at the beach a few weeks earlier.  He lives in the Garden City Beach area of Georgetown County.

Around 8:30 a.m., Marley texted her friends and said someone was following her.  Her friends thought it was a joke and they never passed the info to her parents until it was apparent she was missing.

It wasn’t until that afternoon when Jay Spindler, Marley’s father didn’t hear from Marley through their routine check-in call that he called her.  It was answered by a clerk at the Ocean Reef Resort who told Jay that the phone had been found in their parking lot earlier that day.

Police located Jeremy and they do not believe he is involved and have actually cleared him.  They also relayed that her cell phone messages were evidence that she left of her own free will and was not coerced or forced.  That along with a surveillance video showing her driving on Ocean Blvd. and stopping at a bank and taking out about $100.

Marley is 5’8″ tall, 100 pounds with brown hair and was wearing jean and a white top and carrying a cross-body purse and a Vera Bradley book bag and lunchbox.  She is driving a 2002 silver Ford Escape with SC Plates KF1776.

If you see her please call the Horry County Police at 843-915-847.
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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.