Police say no foul play in missing teen case

John Joyce
  • Alyssa Heltzel, 17, was last seen June 6 and is believed to be somewhere near Ocean City, Maryland.

Lower Windsor Township police say authorities have been in contact with a York County teen reported missing more than two weeks ago, and no foul play is suspected in the case.

Alyssa Heltzel, who is believed to be in the Ocean City, Maryland, area, "said she is on the run because her boyfriend is on the run," Lower Windsor Township Police Chief Timothy Caldwell said.

The 17-year-old's foster parents reported her missing June 6 after she failed to return home after work.

Heltzel was spotted in a Walmart in Elkton, Maryland, on June 19. Caldwell was notified of the sighting June 20, he said.

Elkton is approximately 70 miles southeast of York and 114 miles north of Ocean City, according to Google Maps.

Then someone — the chief believes from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children — spoke with Heltzel while she was a guest at the Admiral Inn in Ocean City. She told the person she and her boyfriend were running out of money and were heading to a nearby campground, Caldwell said.

He said that was when he learned of the whole boyfriend connection. Caldwell has not yet been able to confirm whether the boyfriend truly is a fugitive.

"I don't know if that's true. I don't even know his name," Caldwell said.

An information-sharing agency in coastal Maryland, the Eastern Shore Information Center, disseminates information to all law enforcement agencies in the region. Caldwell said a wire has been sent with Heltzel's description to the ESIC so the search is no longer dependent strictly on his department and the Ocean City police.

— Reach John Joyce atjjoyce2@yorkdispatch.comor on Twitter at @JohnJoyceYD.