Two Ohio teens took a five-day trip in a stolen vehicle and turned up safe in Times Square, cops stated Saturday.
The teenagers were found after an NYPD police messaged one of them on Facebook and persuaded her to go home, police stated.
Haley Flowers and Trinity Goodwin, both 16, fled from Lancaster, Ohio, in a 2008 Pontiac that belongs to Goodwin’s mother on Monday, authorities stated.
After Haley’s mother, April Flowers, saw her daughter posted an image of Times Square billboards on Facebook, she identified where the picture was taken– in a McDonalds at the Crossroads of the World.
After that Flowers started contacting NYPD precincts, turning up empty until she got Officer Alex Delgado on the line at the Midtown North station house.
Police went to the fast food joint but couldn’t discover the teenagers. Delgado asked Flowers if he might send her child a Facebook message, and, sure enough, she reacted. He encouraged the teens to meet officers at a T-Mobile store in Duffy Square Saturday night, police stated.
“It is crazy. My child went to New York, Times Square. I have no idea how she arrived,” said Flowers. “She remained there for a week and endured. How? She had nowhere to stay, absolutely nothing. Nearly a week!”
Haley’s parents visited New York to pick her up on Saturday. Goodwin, who sources informed is wanted on an Ohio warrant, is charged with possession of stolen item, police stated.