Authorities in South Carolina are still looking for Marley McKenna Spindler, a 16-year-old that went missing Thursday, August 18, after last being seen driving down Ocean Boulevard in the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina. Horry County Police have pieced together several bits of footage from different surveillance cameras that provides them with a little more information about the missing teen, but her whereabouts are still unknown and the search for her continues.
WBTW in Myrtle Beach reported August 24 that Marley McKenna Spindler was last picked up on a surveillance camera at a bank where she withdrew money — less than $100, according to police — from her account. Police believe she was headed toward Ocean Boulevard, which meanders up the coastline paralleling the beach. She had previously been picked up by city surveillance cameras.
Early reports of McKenna Spindler noted she had last been seen by a group of friends at a Chik-fil-A in Surfside Beach (just south of Myrtle Beach) at around 7:30 a.m. (EST) and had left to pick up a 22-year-old man named “Jeremy” she had met, according to a friend (who told WPDE in Florence), roughly three weeks previously. Her friends expected to see her in class at Socastee High School later Thursday, the first day of school, but she never showed up.
Although police initially were looking for “Jeremy” as well as McKenna, they eventually found him and announced Friday evening that they had cleared him in connection to the missing teen. Horry County Police, according to WPDE, have stated that evidence pointed to the teen having “left of her own free will” and that they still had no indication that foul play is involved in her disappearance.
But the search for the 16-year-old has now crossed into North Carolina. Horry County Police spokesman Lt. Raul Denis said Monday, “We talked to just about everybody she knows in this area and there’s a possibility that she may have a boyfriend or ex-boyfriend in North Carolina somewhere, where she’s originally from. So we have people up there looking for her.”
According to the Myrtle Beach Sun News, police reported Spindler was last heard from in a group text message at 8:42 a.m. Thursday. At 4 p.m. that afternoon, her father called her cellphone and a clerk at the Ocean Reef Resort answered. He said the phone had been found earlier in their parking lot.
Investigators later discovered that the missing teen was familiar with the resort and had been there before. Police also noted that by the time she was picked up on the bank surveillance video camera, she had changed clothes.
McKenna Spindler’s vehicle, a 2002 silver Ford Escape, has yet to be found as well. Her South Carolina license plate tag reads KFI-776. Anyone having information regarding Spindler’s whereabouts are urged to call Horry County Police at 843-915-7995.