Fearing the worst, Port St. Lucie PD instantly issued an alert:
Saige Stiles, 15 y/o, was final seen strolling to highschool this morning within the space of SW Darwin Blvd/SW Belmont Cir. Did not arrive to highschool and is taken into account to be lacking/endangered presently. 5’5, 120lbs, brown hair, denims and a protracted sleeve shirt. Call 911 w/ any info. pic.twitter.com/giipWbXRKH
“Saige Stiles, 15 y/o, was final seen strolling to highschool this morning within the space of SW Darwin Blvd/SW Belmont Cir,” it learn.
“Did not arrive to highschool and is taken into account to be lacking/endangered presently. 5’5, 120lbs, brown hair, denims and a protracted sleeve shirt. Call 911 w/ any info.”
Officers started a wide-scale search, scrambling helicopters and Okay-9 items, as they interviewed doable witnesses within the space.
Then, a break within the case: a motorist’s dashcam had noticed the teenager, strolling alongside SW Hawthorne Cir and SW Paar Dr at 11:51 AM:
Update as of 4:15pm – Saige was noticed on video strolling within the space of SW Hawthorne Cir and SW Paar Dr at 11:51am. She doesn’t look like in any rapid hazard or misery at the moment. We ask the group that if you happen to observe Saige, please instantly name 911. https://t.co/eLyuuaVDTX pic.twitter.com/iUfnNNobVD
“She doesn’t look like in any rapid hazard or misery at the moment,” police stated, however nonetheless urged anybody who noticed her to name 911.
And then — a miracle. The lacking teen was discovered alive. Not solely was she “in good well being” police stated in an update, she was additionally very a lot un-kidnapped.
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“During observe up interviews, detectives realized Saige had a plan to skip college yesterday and presently there isn’t any proof to help that she was being adopted by somebody,” they stated in an announcement. “There isn’t any risk to the group.”
The hero who discovered her was Michael Lincoln-McCreight (pictured, inset) with the Treasure Coast chapter of the Guardian Angels, who informed WPBF that the lady was nervous when he approached, and informed him she was lacking.
“At the tip of the day, it is not about if she was a runaway,” he insisted. “It would not matter if she is in peril, the one factor that issues is that she is house secure along with her household.”
Speaking to WESH, PSLPD Public Information Updatermation Officer John Dellacroce defended the large use of sources, when in comparison with a runaway case.
“This had mitigating circumstances with the chance she was being adopted, in order that adjustments the best way issues are approached,” he stated.
He added that police are at the moment not contemplating any prison costs however are persevering with to conduct interviews, including that these sorts of experiences are at all times taken significantly.
“Big because of Michael for locating Saige and our media companions/group for sharing this occasion all day,” PSLPD tweeted.
Saige was safely present in 100-BLK SW Paar Dr by Michael, member of the Florida’s Treasure Coast Guardian Angels Chapter. Saige is in good well being and with PSLPD Detectives. Big because of Michael for locating Saige and our media companions/group for sharing this occasion all day. https://t.co/Dwgq2ITtI5 pic.twitter.com/jg6mDSlrO7