December 22, 2014

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UPDATED: Missing North Ridgeville teens found in Cleveland

Krista and Jamie Lee Boggs

Krista and Jamie Lee Boggs

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A woman being sought for violating parole from an aggravated robbery conviction faces charges based on the accusation that she harbored a North Ridgeville sister and brother reported missing more than a month ago.

Megan Boyer, 22, formerly of Elyria, was taken into custody by North Ridgeville police Thursday at a Cleveland residence where police also found Krista Lou Boggs, 17, and her brother, Jamie Lee Boggs, 15.

Police had been searching for the teens since Jan. 10 when the boy was first reported missing, and since Jan. 21 when his sister was reported missing by their great-grandmother, who had custody of the siblings.

“We had just developed information yesterday that led us to a location in Cleveland,” North Ridgeville police Detective Patrick West said Friday. “We set up surveillance based on that information and observed the kids in the area.”

Police took the teens into custody along with Boyer, who is expected to be charged with interference with custody and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, West said.

Boyer also may face charges of obstruction of justice for her alleged role in aiding and harboring the two juveniles, he said. Obstruction can be interpreted as providing money, transportation or other assistance to juveniles by an adult, West said.

Boyer was being sought by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office on a felony warrant for violation of probation from her June conviction for aggravated robbery, robbery and receiving stolen property.

Police are continuing their investigation into the case of the teens’ disappearance, including whether Boyer, who is not related to the siblings, had any type of relationship with Jamie Lee Boggs, West said.

That is still being explored.

“We don’t know that yet,” he said. “We will pursue that. She was a known associate of them, and we had developed information she had some sort of connection to the missing boy.”

Both teens were unharmed and in good health when they were taken into custody by police.

Police were considering contacting federal agencies, including the FBI and U.S. Secret Service, for possible assistance when new information was received that eventually led to the teens’ location and their being found by authorities.

West declined to elaborate on the information that came to police or how it was developed.

Due to information that verified the teens were in contact with friends and family members by phone and social media, North Ridgeville detectives thought the teens were safe from the beginning and had left their great-grandparents on their own accord, West said.

Interviews with friends and family also produced information that provided police with what they thought were valid reasons for their leaving the home of their great-grandmother, Ethel Cantley. The teens were taken to the Lorain County Detention Center to be held on charges stemming from incidents that occurred prior to their disappearance, West said.

The sister and brother were expected to appear before juvenile court authorities Friday. West declined to release details of the teens’ other activities, citing their ages.

There is a possibility others could be charged if police determine they provided help to the teens.

“Even thought the kids are in custody, it’s still very early in this (investigation),” West said.

Police credited the U.S. Marshal’s Service Violent Fugitive Task Force, Cleveland and Elyria police, Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and Lorain County Adult Probation Authority with assisting in the investigation.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.