A Texas teen, who was reported missing after her cell phone and the utility vehicle she had been driving were found abandoned, carefully “orchestrated her disappearance” to make it appear as though she had been kidnapped, authorities said.
Late Wednesday night, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reported they had safely located 15-year-old Ryder Cambron in Dobbin, Texas—not far from her hometown of Magnolia, Texas.
“Missing Teen-Ryder Skye Cambron found safe. She was not abducted,” they wrote.
Investigators say Cambron “orchestrated her disappearance” along with a 17-year-old boy who lived in Dobbin, according to The Houston Chronicle.
Specialist Steve Squier said in a release issued by the department that Cambron had “left clues for her family to believe she had been abducted” by leaving the utility vehicle she had been seen driving in her neighborhood Tuesday night in the woods near a park, along with her cell phone.
After planting the items, Cambron allegedly fled with the 17-year-old male to a residence in Dobbin, Texas where she hid out for approximately 28 hours with the teen and two other adult men, authorities said.
When she learned that detectives were possibly en route to her location, she fled into some woods near the home, authorities said.
“As Detectives prepared for tracking canines to search the wooded area where she had last been seen, an alert citizen observed a suspicious person hiding in the shadows on the railroad tracks nearby,” Squier said.
Investigators then used a helicopter to try to track the teen’s movements during a “lengthy search” that led them 4.4 miles from where she was first spotted by the concerned citizen. After the teen was found, she was released into the care of her parents.
“This is still an active investigation as Detectives are looking into possible charges to anyone responsible for harboring a runaway,” Squier said.
Cabron’s disappearance Tuesday night sparked a massive response from law enforcement, family, friends and the community who scoured the area looking for the missing teen.
“I mean, we’re running everything. We’ve got maps, we’re trying to get flyers put out. We’re talking to gas stations, hotels. Anywhere that might have seen her, showing pictures. Blasting it all over social media. We want to make everyone aware as humanly possible,” Magnolia resident Daniel Roland told local station KHOU at the time.
David Scott, who was leading the civilian search effort, told the station searchers had gone to more than 700 homes gathering surveillance footage to try to track the teen’s movements.
Before she was discovered safe, her father had also voiced the family’s distress about the teen's disappearance.
“I know wherever she is, God is with her,” Charles Cambron told the station. “And I pray that she will come home any day. And if it’s time for her, it’s time for her — but she will be with God, I know she will.”
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