Aug 18, 2015

Local law enforcement finds 13-year-old runaway in Cody

Personnel from the Park County Sheriff's Office and the Cody Police Department helped reunite a runaway Riverton teen with her family on Tuesday.

Park County law enforcement had been asked to be on the lookout for 13-year-old girl around 10 a.m., according to a news release from the sheriff's office. Although too young to legally drive, she reportedly was driving a red 2002 Pontiac from the Riverton area.

Shortly before noon, the teenager's sister called Park County dispatchers to report she'd just received a message from the girl that said she was at the Cody McDonald's. Dispatchers immediately passed the information on to the officers on patrol.

Minutes later, the Cody Police Department's code enforcement officer spotted the girl's red Pontiac heading east on the the Greybull Highway, past Choice Aviation. The code enforcement officer began following the vehicle while a sheriff's deputy responded.

The teenager eventually turned south on Wyo. Highway 120, heading toward Meeteetse. A sheriff's deputy arrived at 12:12 p.m., pulled the teen over at milepost 70 and took her into custody.

She was eventually released to her mother, the sheriff's office said.

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