Runaway Palmyra teen found safe in Gorham

Posted Aug. 27, 2012, at 6:01 p.m.
Harley McGinnis, 15, of Palmyra.
Photo courtesy of Sue Quimby
Harley McGinnis, 15, of Palmyra.

PALMYRA, Maine — A teenage girl who was reported missing from her Palmyra home more than a week ago was found Monday, said Somerset County Sheriff’s Department Detective Lt. Carl E. Gottardi II.

Gorham police Detective Brian Key went to a private residence in Gorham on an unrelated matter when he spotted a female who matched the description of 15-year-old Harley McGinnis, who left her Palmyra home on Aug. 16.

The disappearance was reported by her guardians, Sue and Sanborn Quimby, who are also her grandparents.

Sanborn Quimby told the Bangor Daily News on Aug. 19 that McGinnis had packed several items and left in the early morning hours of Aug. 16. She had been threatening to run away for a while, he said.

“Once the detective confirmed the juvenile was, in fact, the same female juvenile reported missing from Palmyra … the detective returned to the residence and made contact with the juvenile,” Gottardi said in a statement late Monday afternoon. “The juvenile was brought to the Gorham Police Department, where she will be reunited with her family.”

Gottardi said McGinnis was in good health and there was no indication that she was being held against her will.

“Due to the keen observations made by Detective Brian Key of the Gorham Police Department, this case was brought to a successful conclusion,” said Gottardi.

“Relief — big-time,” Sanborn Quimby said when asked for his reaction. Quimby was traveling to meet McGinnis at the Gorham Police Department at about 5:30 p.m. Monday when he spoke with the Bangor Daily News. “We weren’t sure if she was alive or dead. She’s physically safe. That was the number one concern since she left.”

Quimby said he was also relieved that she stayed in the state. He said he feared she might travel to Louisiana.

“We’re glad she didn’t make it that far,” he said.

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