HANOVER, Pa. (WHTM) – Police say a Hanover-area teen missing for five days was found safe and unharmed in southern Maryland.
In a statement posted Wednesday’s on the department’s Facebook page, West Manheim Township police chief Timothy Hippensteel also revealed the 16-year-old left a note that she was running away.
“Intentionally withheld previously, I am now able to release that the juvenile left a handwritten note at her house clearly indicating she left voluntarily,” he wrote.
Hippensteel said he could not share all the facts that prove the girl was a voluntary runaway. He added there were never any leads pointing to an abduction.
The police chief said he needed to release the information to “ease tension and fear that still grips the community.” He said there was “false and misleading information” on a Facebook page dedicated to the search for the teen.
He said the girl was returned to her family Wednesday morning.