SC teen girl still missing after vanishing from restaurant

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) – Horry County Police say that a teen girl is still missing after vanishing on Thursday of last week.


See more photos of Marley McKenna Spindler

On Friday, police said they cleared a person of interest in the case of missing teen, Marley McKenna Spindler.

According to a statement released by Lt. Raul Denis late Friday evening, officers located “Jeremy,” the man believed to have been with Spindler when she went missing, and he has been “cleared in this case.”

But, Horry County Police Officers say they are still looking for the missing 16-year-old who was last seen leaving a restaurant on the South Strand area around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Denis says Marley McKenna Spindler was last seen at Chick-fil-A on Highway 544 in Surfside Beach around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Spindler is considered “Missing Endangered” because of her age, and the circumstances surrounding her disappearance, Denis added.

Officers said the missing teen was headed to Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Spindler was driving a 2002 silver Ford Escape with South Carolina tag KFI-776.

Denis said information received by authorities indicates Spindler is likely alone and there is no evidence of foul play at this time.

Prior to officials locating the person of interest in Spindler’s case, Denis had stated, “Our latest information indicates that she may be in the company of a local 22-year-old with the first name of Jeremy.” That person has since been located and cleared.

A Facebook page dedicated to finding the missing teen has been created. Help find Marley Mckenna Spindler posted a flyer with Spindler’s photo and details surrounding her disappearance.

The flyer describes the 16-year-old as standing 5 feet 8 inches, weighing approximately 100 pounds with light brown hair and hazel eyes. The poster also notes the last outfit Spindler was seen in: long blue jeans, a white flowery tank top and gold sandals. Lastly, the flyer notes that Spindler was wearing a cross-body style purser, a Vera Bradley bookbag and Vera Bradley lunchbox.

In a statement posted to the Facebook page, a page administrator writes:

Spindler participated in a group text messages with friends after leaving, the last message at 8:42 a.m. That was the last anyone has reported hearing from her. Her vehicle also hasn’t been found.

The Socastee High School student never made it to class. A complainant and the victim’s father said in the police report that they called Spindler’s cell phone at 4 p.m., but couldn’t reach Spindler.

“We just want Marley back home,” said the missing teen’s aunt, Shelley Long, “and I just want her to know that if she’s able to see
this news, your momma and daddy and family love you so much, and we just want you back home safely, baby.”

In an interview with News13 Friday afternoon, Long encouraged Marley to come home, even if mistakes had been made on the teen’s part, her safety was the most important factor.

“If you’ve made any mistakes in this, just please come homes. That’s really what we just want,” said Long.

Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of (Marley) McKenna Spindler, or the identity or whereabouts of her companion, is asked to contact the Horry County Police Department or call the Tip Line at 843-915-8477 (843-915-TIPS).

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