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Maryville police: Search on for runaway thought to have ditched family truck in Mt. Juliet

The Knoxville News-Sentinel • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:14 PM

(MCT) – Mt. Juliet police have recovered the pickup truck a 17-year-old runaway stole from her relative's Maryville home, officials said.

Whitney Edmonds ran away from her great-grandparents house late Saturday and took their red Ford Explorer Sport Trac pickup, Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said.

It was recovered Monday.

Crisp said Mt. Juliet police saw it parked on the side of Interstate 40, ran the license tag through a database and it came back stolen from Maryville. Mt. Juliet police recovered the vehicle and notified Maryville police, he said.

"Our thought process was she was headed to the Middle Tennessee area because she has connections and acquaintances there," he said. "We recovered the truck, but still do not have her in custody. But we're diligently searching for her."

Crisp said the girl's mother lives in Nashville. Edmonds was in state's custody and had a weekend furlough to visit her great-grandparents.

"She took their vehicle keys and took off. She has run away before," the chief said. "We were told she was being treated for bipolar disorder and was on medication, but as far as what she was in state's custody for, we don't know."

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