NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police now believe a brother and sister reported missing earlier in the month are safe, but officers are prepared to call in federal agencies to help them locate and return the siblings to their great-grandmother.
Jamie Lee Boggs, 15, and his sister, Krista, 17, have been missing from the North Ridgeville home of their great-grandparents for one to three weeks, respectively.
Both are believed to be unharmed and to have left the area on their own, according to North Ridgeville police Detective Patrick West.
“We have not uncovered any information that leads us to believe they are being held against their will or are in any immediate peril,” West said. “We believe they left on their accord.”
Police have received tips and information through interviews with friends and family members who have said they had contact with the teens via phone and social media since their disappearance.
Those interviews also have produced information that has provided reasons for the teens’ decision to leave the custody of their great-grandmother, Ethel Cantley, West said.
West declined to detail the reasons given by some for the juveniles’ departure, but said “the reasons do make sense as to why they would go missing.”
West, who has been investigating the case since Jamie Lee Boggs was reported missing Jan. 10, said police continue to work to locate the pair, who are believed to be in Ohio.
Krista Boggs went missing Jan. 21 after she left Cantley’s house but failed to show up for classes at North Ridgeville High School.
“We received information that they were both in-state, as well as some rather vague rumors that they were out of state, but we have no evidence to indicate they are outside Ohio,” West said.
North Ridgeville police also are planning to bring the FBI and or the U.S. Marshals Service into their investigation of the teens’ disappearance.
“Because of the duration of time they’ve been missing, that caused us to seek other resources to help us track them down,” West said. “We’re inquiring with those agencies now and look to do something pretty quickly.”
West declined to say exactly how the federal agencies might assist police in finding the siblings.
Information has come to police since the investigation began that led them to believe one or more adults “could be harboring, aiding and abetting these juveniles,” West said.
“These kids are 15 and 17 and they don’t have cars, a source of income, or their own place so clearly someone has given them resources to remain away from home,” West said.
Charges filed against any adult would most likely include contributing to the delinquency of a minor and interference with custody, according to West.
Anyone who has information about the teens is asked to call North Ridgeville police at (440) 327-2191.