EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMissing WV Teens Found OK In Virginia Beach
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Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Oct. 11, 2013 8:38 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 11, 2013 6:49 PM EDT
Parkersburg, Wood County , West Virginia
Two Parkersburg teens who were missing for a month were found safe Thursday in Virginia.
Megan Ellison, 16, and Joseph "Joey" Adam Eklund, 18, both of Parkersburg, are both facing shoplifting charges in Virginia Beach, according to a news release from the Parkersburg Police Department.
The two teens were taken into custody about 7 p.m. Thursday by Virginia Beach police.
Parkersburg detectives had been searching for Ellison and Eklund since Sept. 10. Police said Eklund took off with Ellison in his grandmother's 2007 black Hyundai Sonata, Detective John Corbitt of the Parkersburg Police Department said. Eklund did not have permission to take the vehicle, police said.
Ellison reportedly has epilepsy and family members feared she was in need of medication. Ellison was reported in good health when she was found Thursday, Corbitt said.
Ellison's parents are working with Virginia Beach police to arrange her return home.
Meanwhile, Eklund will be extradited back to West Virginia to face charges of felony grand larceny and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to criminal complaints filed in Wood County Magistrate Court.
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