Aiken runaways found in Lancaster

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By Chris Sardelli

Two teen girls who ran away from an Aiken youth facility in December were found safe and sound in Lancaster earlier this month.

According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers were notified about 3 p.m. Jan. 16 after someone saw three teen girls sitting inside a white car parked in the 200 block of South Ferguson Street

One of the responding officers believed two of the young women matched descriptions of a pair of 16-year-old girls who ran away from an Aiken County juvenile facility, the report said. 

Police approached the car and found one of the teens in the back seat. 

The teen, who was from Lancaster, was taken into custody and brought to the police department. 

A member of the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice was then contacted and arrived at the police department.

As authorities searched for the other two girls, an S.C. Law Enforcement Division agent learned the teens were at a South Market Street home. 

Officers and detectives went to that home and found the other two teens, including the remaining Aiken runaway. The third girl was listed in the report as a 15-year-old. 

Both were brought to family court and then remanded to DJJ officers, the report said. 

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Eric Abdullah said authorities had been looking for the two girls since Dec. 30. 

“At about 8:15 (p.m.) that day, they both left from Camp Long, which is here in Aiken County. It’s a DJJ youth program camp,” Abdullah said. “They both just walked away from there and we’ve been looking for them.”

Both 16-year-old  teens were healthy and unharmed, Abdullah said. 

“I believe at least one of them had ties to Lancaster County and that’s where they both ended up being found,” he said. 

It was unknown Tuesday Feb. 4, where the third teen met the two girls, though she also had a Lancaster address, according to the report. 


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416