Two alert citizens helped a Maryville endangered runaway turn herself in Thursday morning after a car she apparently stole from her grandparents was found Monday on Interstate 40 in Mt. Juliet.
According to Metro Nashville police spokesperson Kris Mumford, two citizens spotted Whitney Edmonds, 17, walking on Shelby Avenue and convinced her to turn herself in to authorities. They took her to the Juvenile Justice Center near LP Field, where she remained in custody Thursday afternoon, Mumford said.
Prior reports from Mt. Juliet police indicated Metro Nashville officers found Edmonds.
Mt. Juliet police tweeted, “We just received word that endangered runaway Whitney Edmonds was located in Nashville by @MNPDNashville. Thanks to all who shared info.” Police sent the tweet at about 11:15 a.m.
Mt. Juliet police located a car on I-40 Monday morning apparently stolen by Edmonds from her grandparents.
While on routine patrol around 12:30 a.m., a Mt. Juliet Police Officer located the red 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac parked against the center barrier on I-40 in the westbound lane at mile marker 224.
The officer noticed a Tennessee Department of Transportation HELP program operator had tagged the car as an abandoned vehicle Jan. 18. After a computer search of the car’s registration, the officer found it was stolen.
Additionally, police said they were alerted Edmonds, an endangered runaway from Maryville, stole the car.
Officers then notified Maryville police.
Edmonds was last seen Jan. 18 at her grandparent’s house in Maryville.
Staff writer Caitlin Rickard contributed to this report.