Early Monday Mt. Juliet police located a car on Interstate-40 that was stolen by an endangered runaway from Maryville.
While on routine patrol around 12:30 p.m., a Mt. Juliet Police Officer located the red 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac parked against the center barrier on I-40 West at the 224 mile-marker.
The officer noticed a Tennessee Department of Transportation HELP program operator tagged the car as an abandoned vehicle on Jan. 18 and, upon a further computer search of the car’s registration, the officer found it was stolen.
Additionally, police said they were alerted that the car was stolen by Whitney Edmonds, 17, an endangered runaway from Maryville. She was not found in the car.
Officers then notified Maryville police.
Edmonds was last seen on Jan. 18 at her grandparent’s house in Maryville.
Police said Edmonds could be in the Nashville, Mt. Juliet or Smyrna area.