A Monroe County teenager who was the subject of an Amber Alert after she ran away with her older boyfriend and weapons was found Saturday afternoon in Henry County.
Alyssa Cole, 16, and Steven Meyer, 19, both of Forsyth, were found walking near a mobile home park in McDonough, Georgia, about 2:30 p.m. said Monroe County sheriff's Lt. Lawson Bittick.
Henry County sheriff's deputies began searching for the couple after someone reported seeing them about 1:50 p.m. The vehicle they left town in, a dark gray 2003 GMC Yukon, was found elsewhere, Bittick said.
Cole and Meyer had last been seen in Monroe County about 24 hours earlier.
Meyer was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and interference with custody, both misdemeanors, Bittick said. Cole may face a runaway charge in juvenile court.
Both were being brought back to Monroe County. They could face weapons-related charges, Bittick said.
Cole had left a message for her parents that she and Meyer were going to Arkansas. Their parents had attempted to force them to break up, Bittick said.
Cole was reported missing about 8:45 p.m. Friday, but the discovery that a 9 mm Beretta pistol was missing from Cole’s home resulted in the issuance of the Amber Alert early Saturday, Bittick said. Also, Meyer was known to possess a “AR-15” style rifle.
"In most cases, when juveniles run away, they don't take firearms with them," Bittick said. "They take jewelery, cash, credit cards."
The Amber Alert posted on Facebook had stated that Cole was abducted and both the alert and the sheriff's release described Meyer as a suspect. However, Meyer was not thought to have abducted Cole, Bittick said.
"What happened was the parents had told the two that they had to break up recently, and now they've taken off," Bittick said earlier Saturday. "We've had no inclinations, or any clues, that it was forceful."
What worried authorities was the fact that Cole and Meyer had weapons and might hurt someone, Bittick said.
"Now, we know they're stealing guns," Bittick said earlier Saturday. "To my knowledge, there was nothing of any value taken from the house, being cash, credit cards, anything like that.
"So that leads the (investigating) officer to believe that they could possibly try to use the gun in an attempt to gain money to get further away," Bittick said.
But no such actions were known to have been taken by the couple, Bittick said.