Girls found after families report them missing from Sorrento, Bar Harbor

Posted Nov. 01, 2011, at 5:11 p.m.
Hanna Snider
Courtesy photo
Hanna Snider
Amethyst Geiger
Bar Harbor Police Department
Amethyst Geiger

ELLSWORTH, Maine — In two separate cases, teenage girls reported missing Monday from their family homes in Bar Harbor and Sorrento have been found and reunited with their parents, according to police.

According to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland, Hanna Snider, 14, of Sorrento was found by Maine State Police in Thomaston around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday. He said she was located after police obtained her school-issued laptop from Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan and examined it, tracking her computer use.

“Her parents were notified by State Police and detectives were transporting her to meet them,” McCausland said in a prepared statement. “Police say she was in the company of her 16-year-old boyfriend, who was being questioned.”

McCausland added that police believe the boy drove to Sorrento on Saturday night to pick her up. Her parents realized she was missing from the family home the next morning, police have said. She sent them a text message on Sunday to tell them she was OK and would be home later but had not been heard from since.

Police had said on Monday that they suspected Snider may have left home with a male that she met on myyearbook.com.

Snider’s disappearance had been reported earlier Tuesday to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, according to McCausland. Among the agencies working on the case on Tuesday were the Maine State Police computer crimes unit, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service, he said.

Early Tuesday morning, a 17-year-old Bar Harbor girl who had run away from her parents’ home a week earlier was located in Bangor and reunited with her parents, according to Bar Harbor police. Amethyst Geiger had been missing since Oct. 24.

Bar Harbor police Sgt. Shaun Farrar said Tuesday that police and Geiger’s parents tracked her to a house on Ohio Street in Bangor. The girl was staying with a 20-year-old man who lived with his parents but was hiding Geiger from them, Farrar said.

Geiger’s parents went to Bangor and were waiting outside the house in their vehicle early Tuesday morning when police contacted the 20-year-old man’s mother, Farrar said. When she found out her son was hiding Geiger in her house, he said, she gave her son a lecture and sent Geiger out of the house. Geiger’s parents, waiting outside, picked her up and drove her back home to Bar Harbor, Farrar said.

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