Teenager missing since March 10 found on Hopkins County road

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 7, 2008 - Chaney Harrington, the 15-year-old Sulphur Springs girl reported missing March 10, was reunited Sunday with her parents. The girl was found on a Hopkins County road and returned by sheriff's investigators to her father Sunday afternoon, according to Hopkins County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Rickey Morgan.

The teen told Sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum that "they dumped her off on the county road yesterday," Morgan said Monday. Sheriff's officers are still working to ascertain exactly where and with whom the girl has been for the last few weeks, and the circumstances surrounding that. At least one man and possibly the girl's boyfriend may have been the two males said to have left the teen Sunday along the roadside.

Harrington spent the night at her father's home. The teen, her parents and the sheriff's investigator were slated to meet with Child Protective Services representatives Monday to try to learn more details and determine if any action needs to be taken related to the incident. Authorities are still unclear whether the teen willingly left her father's residence where she resides, was coerced away or abducted.

Chaney Harrington's father contacted deputies just after 6 a.m. Monday, March 10, after discovering his daughter was not in her bedroom. He said he last saw her around 9 p.m. the night before when she went to her room at his FM 2285 residence.

Evidence was found that the likely source by which the teen exited the property, located about 6 miles from Sulphur Springs, was a bedroom window. After school officials Tuesday, March 11, said that Chaney Harrington had yet to be in class that week, sheriff's investigators released an announcement seeking the public's help in locating the teen.

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