Two Charged with Assisting Morgan County Teen Runaway
MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Sheriff Ana Franklin reports that a missing person/runaway case has led to the arrest of two Morgan County adults.
On Sunday, Oct. 27, the parents of a 13-year-old Kaitlyn Dempsy reported her missing from their home in the Eva community. Officials told WHNT that Dempsy went missing around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Search and rescue teams from Morgan County began looking for the missing 13-year-old, but suspended the search, believing her to have run away from home. Officials told media that they believed Dempsy was staying with a family member.
Dempsy was then entered into the state and federal data bases and an investigator with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office was notified. Investigations into her whereabouts continued throughout Monday.
Dempsy was located in Athens on Monday when she walked into a local store with two adults and told them that she was the “missing Eva girl,” according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. Morgan County investigators asked Athens police to detain all three for questioning.
The interviews conducted by authorities revealed that Dempsy had enlisted Aaron Jene Wilker, 20, who lists himself as homeless, and Emily Alyne Waldrop, 20, of Athens, to assist her in leaving her home, according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.
According to investigators, Dempsy met Wilker and Waldrop at the road at the end of her driveway, where they picked her up in a vehicle. The three went to a movie, then to a store for hair dye. At a motel, they cut and dyed the girl’s hair to change her appearance.
When they turned on the television in the motel room, they saw a news story about Dempsy being missing, became frightened, then drove to Tennessee, according to investigators. At some point, they came back to Alabama and spent the night at a truck stop.
Investigators said on Monday afternoon Dempsy decided she wanted to go home. They decided to go to a retail store and pretend that Wilker and Waldrop had just “found her” and recognized her from the news reports.
Wilker and Waldrop were both charged with Interference with Custody, a class “C” felony. They are being held on $15,000 bond each. Any pending actions against Dempsy are not being released because of her age.