Missing Cortland teen found safe
A Cortland teenager that has been missing since July 7 has been found and is safe, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and US Marshals Service press release.
The statement says that 15-year-old Makenzie Carson, who was last seen at Mosquito Lake State Park in Cortland, was safely recovered. Her alleged boyfriend, a 16-year-old male runaway from Portage County was found with Carson.
Tuesday the teens were located in Akron after an investigation that involved US Marshals Service of Northern Ohio, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Portage County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the recovery of Carson and another 16-year-old male runaway from Portage County. Carson was returned to her family and the male was taken to the Portage County Juvenile Center.
The ODNR thanked those who assisted in finding the Cortland teen, while U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott praised the collaborative efforts of the law enforcement agencies who helped work towards their recoveries. Elliott said “Runaway teens, much like fugitives, often cross jurisdictional boundaries and even go to great lengths to avoid being found. This type of cooperation has proven time and again to be the most effective way of finding them.”
Anyone with information on a missing or endangered juvenile is asked to call the U.S. Marshals at 1-866-492-6833. Callers can remain anonymous. Additional information is available through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at missingkids.org