Missing teen-agers found safe

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 14, 2002

That’s how the parents of two Selma teen-age girls reported missing since Monday said they felt after the girls were found walking along a county road unharmed Wednesday.

Laura Kendale Rhodes, 14, and Megan Elaine Glackin, 13, had been missing since they left Meadowview Christian School without permission around noon Monday.

Blair said the girls were spotted by two pipeline workers who had seen their pictures earlier on a missing persons flyer posted at the Downtowner Restaurant. The pipeline workers immediately notified authorities and then engaged the girls in conversation until police arrived on the scene.

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Blair said the two girls apparently spent the night at an acquaintance’s house and that a number of adults were aware they were there and failed to notify authorities.

Blair said he intends to press charges against the adults involved. &uot;We intend to pursue the case to the fullest extent of the law,&uot; he added.

Dallas County District Attorney Ed Greene, whose office is handling the case, said that charges were being filed by the parents of the girls against &uot;some individual males,&uot; adding that he could not provide anymore specific information at this time.

The girls both attend Meadowview. The parents were notified the girls were missing around noon Monday.

The parents notified law enforcement authorities and began posting flyers with descriptions of the two girls in local businesses.

Blair said that if there is a silver lining to the whole episode, it is the &uot;total outpouring of support&uot; the parents received from the community. &uot;We got a number of calls and tips from people,&uot; he said. &uot;Not all of them turned out to be useful, but some were.&uot;

Rhonda Watson, the mother of Glackin, said that she was relieved her daughter was found, and that was she thankful &uot;for all the support she had received from the community.&uot;

Greene said that despite the pain suffered by the parents, he was glad the &uot;story had a happy ending rather than sad one.&uot;