Police: Runaway pair – ages 15, 29 – located

Two days after issuing a plea for assistance from the public to locate a 15-year-old runaway, New Garden Township Police said the girl was found and is awaiting a reunion with her family.

Walter Morales-Lopez

Walter Morales-Lopez

Police said the teen left her home eight days ago with Walter Morales-Lopez, 29, of Kennett Square. An investigator from the New Garden Township Police Department, who was assisted by other law enforcement officers, located the girl on Thursday, Oct. 15, at approximately 10 a.m., police said.

Police said Morales-Lopez was also located and taken into custody on an outstanding criminal warrant. According to court records, Morales-Lopez was charged on Sept. 28 with multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, and luring a child into a vehicle, offenses allegedly committed on Aug. 30.

New Garden Township Police Chief Gerald R. Simpson said he could not comment on the charges and whether they involved the 15-year-old girl.

“The New Garden Township Police Department is fortunate to have a skilled investigator at their disposal,” Simpson said. “It was his hard work and dedication that this matter is brought to a successful end by finding the juvenile and reuniting her with her family.”



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