Missing Waveland teen found safe in McNeill
Published 7:00 am Saturday, January 7, 2017
A teenager missing out of Waveland for three weeks was found Thursday in McNeill.
Raven Longo, 16, of Waveland was reported missing on Dec. 19 by her adopted parents, Waveland Police Chief David Allen said.
Investigations into Longo’s disappearance were ongoing, Allen said, but the department was hopeful Longo would return home when school resumed.
When Longo didn’t attend classes after the Christmas holiday, Allen said he contacted the Poplarville Police and Pearl River County Sheriff’s departments after an investigation into her whereabouts indicated Longo was in the area.
Those agencies helped detain Longo and other residents of the home where she was found without incident, Allen said.
Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said the department was informed about the case by the media and the Poplarville Police Department provided the address where Longo was staying when it was identified.
On Jan. 5, around 3:30 p.m., deputies and officers were able to locate Longo at a home on Cecil Smith Road in McNeill, Tucker said.
It appeared Longo was at the home on her own volition and had been there for a number of days, Tucker said.
Two people in the house were arrested for outstanding warrants, Tucker said.
Timothy Holt, 49, of 196 Beasley Alexander Road, Poplarville, was arrested for a warrant for reckless driving and speeding.
Constance Holifield, 42, of 68105 Greenhouse Road, Pearl River, La., was arrested at the same tim for an outstanding warrant by the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a probation violation, Tucker said.
Longo was turned over to the Waveland Police Department and is now in the custody of her parents, Tucker and Allen said.
“Finding her isn’t the finish line,” Allen said.
The Waveland Police Department is still investigating how she got to Pearl River County, and why she did not go home, he said.