Police: Missing teen left note, was found in south Maryland
The missing Hanover-area teen, whose disappearance last week prompted a search over the weekend, had left a note in her home before she left, according to police.
West Manheim Township Police Chief Tim Hippensteel wrote in a department Facebook post Wednesday that 16-year-old Madison Krumrine had left a hand-written note at her house before she had left, saying she left voluntarily and was "running away" from home.
The department developed a lead that led to Krumrine being found safe in southern Maryland, police said. The department announced Tuesday that she had been found safe, but it wasn't until Wednesday that they disclosed where she was found.
State police, U.S. Marshals and the FBI assisted assisted in the investigation, police said.
'Ease tension': The chief posted the note to "ease tension and fear" in the community. The post was needed, he said, because of false and misleading information posted without police authorization, particularly on the "Missing Madison Krumrine" Facebook page.
In the days after she was reported missing, the page garnered more than 10,000 likes on Facebook.
"The irresponsible posting by those managing this page caused consternation and numerous baseless tips that wasted countless hours of investigators’ time," the chief wrote.
The chief said he had requested those in charge stop posting information that was not vetted by police, but the false reports continued.
The department continues to get inquiries from residents under the false impression that someone is "roaming the streets snatching children," as one concerned mother put it Wednesday morning to the chief, he wrote.
There were no leads pointing to an abduction, as was suggested on the Missing Madison Krumrine Facebook page, according to police.
The complete opposite was true, he wrote, saying that it was known she left voluntarily from the beginning.
Hippensteel did not immediately return a message requesting comment Wednesday afternoon.
The background: Madison, a student at South Western High School, had last been seen around 8:30 p.m. March 23 at her home, police said. She left behind her cellphone and laptop computer, her father has said.
On Sunday, hundreds of people searched the West Manheim Township area for her.
"The situation itself is so difficult," Keith Krumrine said earlier in the week. "She basically disappeared off the face of the earth."
Keith Krumrine said Tuesday evening in a Facebook post that police have only told the family that Madison has been located and she is safe, and they hope to see her within a couple of days.
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