Deputies seek runaway teen

Published 2:12 pm Thursday, March 31, 2011

A legal guardian of a 14  year-old boy is concerned since he has not come home for more than a week.

Barbara Bennett said her 14 year-old grandson, Justin Carnigie, of whom she has legal guardianship, left their home on the evening of March 21, and has not returned. Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said Bennett filed a report about the runaway child and the department received a report of the boy being sighted in the Bogalusa, La., area but when Bogalusa law enforcement officials went to check the area where he was last seen he was nowhere to be found.

Bennett believes Carnigie is with other family members but is concerned since his cell phone is consistently turned off. She suspects Carnigie could be in Tampa, Fla., with family or just out on the streets.

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Bennett said Carnigie left with another child on March 21. Wednesday morning, the father of that child told the Item that his son had returned home Tuesday night. While that father said his son could not say where Carnigie was, he did say that Carnigie was last seen Tuesday night in the Walkiah area.

Bennett asks if anyone sees her grandson to call the Sheriff’s Department.

Tucker said the case is still under investigation.