A missing 16-year-old has been returned to her Orangeburg home.
Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Capt. Mike Adams said three police agencies worked together to locate the teen in Columbia.
“It was a concerted effort between Cpl. (Danny) Dantzler, the Columbia Police Department, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office that helped bring this child home,” Adams said.
On Friday, police issued a release saying 16-year-old Kymmara Randolph had gone missing from her mother’s residence on Sept. 17. She was reported missing a week later.
Investigators developed information that led them to believe the missing child was in the company of an older female. Police tried to find that woman to question her about the youth.
Adams said Benedict College campus police took the older woman into custody on charges in their jurisdiction last week. The woman told Orangeburg police several hangouts in Columbia where the youth might be.
As Dantzler and Columbia officers checked each location Saturday, the trail led into Richland County.
Officers from that agency were called. As they were en route, they spotted a female sitting alone in a vehicle. They stopped to question her and learned it was Randolph.
Police say there are more details behind the task of finding the girl. But they say the most important detail is the last one — she’s home.