BEDFORD TWP. (WWJ) – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says an 18-year-old girl who vanished on her way home from a video store has been found.
Officials said Hayley Turner was located in Ecorse and is “save and sound.”
Sheriff Dale Malone told reporters at a brief news conference that the teen was taken to the Ecorse Police Department where she would be interviewed about her disappearance.
He added, “Throughout the day we over 40 officers from multiple agencies following up on tips from the community. One of those tips led deputies to the recovery of the victim’s cell phone.”
“…I would like to think the citizens of Bedford Township for all their tips that helped this case end in a positive outcome,” Malone said.
Police said that they received a 911 call Friday afternoon that a young woman jumped from a moving vehicle at 19th Street and Salliotte, near Outer Drive.
Turner was reported missing around 10 p.m. Thursday in the area of Dean and Crabb roads, just west of Telegraph Road in Bedford Township.
According to police, Turner had just left the Family Video store on Dean Road and Louis Ave., and called her friend as she was driving home.
“During their conversation, Hayley stated that she was at Dean and Crabb roads when she noticed a guy laying in the ditch,” Malone said.
Turner then told her friend that she was going to get out of her car and check on the person.
“Seconds later, Hayley told her friend ‘He has a gun’ and the phone was disconnected,” Malone said.
The friend called Turner’s father, who arrived on the scene within minutes.
“Mr. Turner found Hayley’s vehicle running and unoccupied,” Malone said. “Minutes later several officers arrived on scene.” The teen was nowhere to be found.
Deputies started canvassing the neighborhood, asking residents in they noticed anything suspicious in the area.
“Approximately 10 minutes prior to the incident, witnesses reported seeing a vehicle parking at the intersection, facing westbound on Dean Road. We are asking anyone with information, that observed that vehicle, to call us,” Malone said.
Detectives with K-9 units took to the ground as an aerial search for Turner was launched from above, but investigators turned up little clues. On Friday morning, police received a phone call that Turner might have been spotted.
“At 9:30 this morning, we received a phone call from a citizen who reported around 4 a.m., seeing a male and a female walking in the area of Telegraph and Erie Road near the Erie VFW,” Malone said. “The male was described as a white male, 18 to 24 years old, wearing brown khaki shorts and a blue shirt. The female was described as 18 to 24 with a red shirt, long, black, tight-fitting pants and shoulder-length dark hair.”
Malone said the female’s description matches that of Turner, who was last seen wearing black yoga pants and an orange T-shirt. She’s described as 5-feet tall and 130 pounds with shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes.
Friday morning, Christy Turner, the teen’s mother, made an emotional plea for her daughter’s safe return.
“Hayley, if you can hear me, just please call us, please call anybody,” she said, holding back tears. “We just want you safely home, no questions asked. We just, we miss you. We love you. We just want you home.”
Local police departments, the county sheriff’s office, Toledo police, Michigan State Police and the FBI have all been involved in the case.