Louisiana State Police found three 15-year-old females Thursday reported missing by their parents to the Waxahachie Police Department. The juveniles went missing on Sept. 1.
“They just wanted to go off and start a new life. They thought that they could accomplish that and when you are a teenager you can’t really accomplish that,” said Karen Dalquest, mother of one of the missing girls.
Dalquest said her daughter was staying at a friend's house, whom she and others ran away with. When the parents of the girls woke up the next morning, their kids were gone and only one child was at home.
“The others had all conspired to hit the road,” Dalquest said.
Louisiana State Police Sgt. James Anderson said the vehicle they were traveling in was stopped at 9:37 a.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 165 in Rapides Parish. During the traffic stop, Anderson received an alert the three girls had been reported missing.
Traveling with the three juveniles was Tyler Purnell, 19, of Waxahachie. Louisiana troopers arrested Purnell on the charges of improper lane usage and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. Purnell was booked into the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office jail. As of Thursday Purnell remains in custody with a $2,000 bond.
“All three juveniles were transported [home]. We contacted our special victims unit, and the parents were contacted en route,” Anderson said. “The juveniles were released to the safekeeping of the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice.”
Dalquest said she is very thankful to members of the law enforcement for their hard work and the job they do. Other parents involved did not return phone calls by press time.