Thu., 7:20am: Police seek help finding missing teen

SALEM – Salem Police want help in finding a 14-year-old missing runaway girl who was reported last seen leaving Salem High School at 2:45 p.m. Monday.

Lacy Crowe, of East Third Street, was reported missing shortly after 3 p.m. by her parents, Les Crowe and Tamara Egolf, who said she went to school, but didn’t come home after school.

According to video surveillance at the high school on East Sixth Street, she was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt which possibly says Fox and a pair of checked pajama pants while carrying a backpack. She’s 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds and has brown eyes and long straight brown hair.

“We don’t suspect that she was abducted,” Det. Brad Davis said, noting she’s been entered as a missing runaway. She appeared to be walking toward North Union Avenue, but hasn’t been reported seen by anyone since then.

Chief J.T. Panezott said these type of cases are normally resolved quickly, with the child either returning home or being found the same day at a friend’s house, with another relative or by police. In this case, though, it’s been three days and nobody’s giving police any information on where she might be.

He said they’ve talked to everybody they know to contact regarding her whereabouts and now they’re asking the public to help out.

“We believe she’s hiding. Somebody knows where she is and if we find out somebody’s hiding her and not bringing the information to us, they’re going to be charged,” Panezott said.

Charges could include contributing to the delinquency of a minor or interference with custody.

According to Davis, her parents reported she gave away some of her personal belongings to her siblings and had a bag packed that was found in a closet, but she apparently didn’t come back for it. This also isn’t the first time she’s been reported missing. She was reported as a missing juvenile in the early morning hours of July 6 when her mother went to check on her and found she was gone.

Davis found her later that morning walking up North Ellsworth Avenue and then on 10th Street.

“Our ultimate goal is that she’s returned home safely,” Panezott said.

Davis referred Lacy’s parents to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and told them to also report her missing to that agency, which can help law enforcement and the parents with resources to assist with the search. Children can be reported missing to the toll-free hotline at 1-800-843-5678. Children should also be reported missing to the Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse in the state attorney general’s office at 1-800-325-5604.