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Update: Waynesboro Police Located Missing Teenager

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) -

The Waynesboro Police Department says a runaway teenager has been found safe.

Authorities say 16-year-old Savannah Mae Kennell was located at Parkway Village Apartments around 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9. They say an anonymous tipster gave her whereabouts after seeing reports in the media.

The police department announced on Monday, March 20, that 19-year-old Amber Lynn Shea is charged with one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Police had issued a warning earlier to any adult who may have been helping Kennell run away, saying that a person may be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

A surveillance camera had caught Kennell leaving the Walmart on Lucy Lane on Monday, March 6. Authorities say she then got into an older model Ford Explorer.

The Waynesboro Police Department says it appreciates all the callers who gave tips for this case.

Shea is scheduled to appear in Waynesboro Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court on April 4 for an advisement hearing.

03/20/2017 Release from the Waynesboro Police Department:

The Waynesboro Police Department has charged a Waynesboro woman for her role in the runaway case.

Amber Lynn Shea, 19 years old, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

Officers found Savannah at Shea’ Parkway Village apartment on March 9.

Shea has been released on a summons and is scheduled to appear in Waynesboro Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court on April 4, 2017 for an advisement hearing.

Update – March 9, 2017 at 3:45 PM:

Savannah Mae Kennell has been located.

Officers found her at residence at Parkway Village Apartments at approximately 3:10 p.m. today.

An anonymous tipster gave her whereabouts after seeing the reports in the media.

The investigation is continuing to see if any charges will be placed in this case.

The police department appreciates all the callers who gave tips for this case and the media for publishing the information that eventually led to the safe return of Savannah.

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03/09/2017 Release from the Waynesboro Police Department:

The police department is looking for information regarding an older model Ford Explorer that Savannah likely got into when she left Walmart the day she ran away. A picture of the vehicle and a picture of Savannah at Walmart are attached.

Any adult who knowingly harbors a runaway juvenile can be charged with violation of contributing to the delinquency of minor, which is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.

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Previous Release - March 8, 2017

The Waynesboro Police Department is requesting assistance from the community to locate a runaway juvenile.

Family members reported Savannah Mae Kennell, 16 years old, of Stuarts Draft missing on March 6, 2017.

Kennell was last seen on that date at approximately 3:45 p.m. at the Walmart Super Center, 116 Lucy Lane. It is possible that she has left the area. 

Officers are continuing to follow up on leads as they come in.

Savannah Mae Kennell is a

  • White female;
  • 5’6”;
  • Approx. 130 pounds;
  • Sandy blonde hair;
  • Hazel eyes;
  • Industrial ear piercing in right ear;
  • Nose piercing;
  • Last seen wearing long sleeve gray shirt under sleeveless hoodie; ripped jeans; white and gold shoes

Anyone with information regarding Savannah’s whereabouts this incident is urged to call the Waynesboro Police Department at (540) 942-6675 or the Waynesboro Emergency Operations Center at (540) 942-6701.

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