Police search for half-dressed teen runaways


March 5, 2011 at 9:04 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2011 at 9:05 p.m.

A romantic getaway for two teen runaways ended half-naked somewhere in a wooded field when the couple fled from adults Saturday night.

A 14-year-old Victoria girl and a 15-year-old Victoria boy were first spotted shortly before 5:45 p.m. at Autumn Park Apartments on the 4400 block of N. Navarro St., said Lt. Jason Cross with Victoria Police. A family friend tried to catch the two because the girl was listed as a runaway.

"They decided to run away together, assuming for romantic reasons," Cross said.

The friend chased the two for about half a mile barefoot and into a wooded area west of N. Main Street and the teens' parents called police to help search.

At some point, the children dove into Spring Creek to flee the friend and then removed their clothes, Cross said.

"They were soaked and wet and freezing, I'm sure, so they decided to shed some of their clothing," he said.

Cross said the boy had removed his shorts and shirt, and the girl removed her shirt.

Police searched the woods for nearly two miles on foot, but did not find the two. About ten officers and deputies were involved, along with a helicopter from Citizens Medical Center.

The search ended at 8:30 p.m. after the children could not be found. Cross said the two were not hurt and did not commit any crimes, but are now classified as runaways.

"At this time, we're pretty much assuming that the children have made it out of the woods and are probably looking for some clothing now," Cross said.

Cross said anyone with information about the two are asked to call police at 361-573-3221.



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