September 20, 2017
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Girl, 16, hitchhikes from Waterville running camp to Mass. home


WATERVILLE, Maine — Police say a 16-year-old girl who hitchhiked 200 miles home to Massachusetts after running away from a cross country running camp in Waterville was playing Russian roulette.

Waterville Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey said the girl left the 28th annual Colby College cross country camp wearing a T-shirt and running shorts. She was not carrying a cell phone and had no money.

Colby College Security Director Pete Chenevert says the teen had previously told her parents that she wanted to leave running camp and return home before joining them on the island of Islesboro.

On Tuesday night the girl called her parents from their hometown of Worcester and said she was there.

Rumsey tells the Morning Sentinel the story could have had a tragic ending.

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