Investigation finds Smyrna teen not abducted - CBS46 News

Investigation finds Smyrna teen not abducted

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After an investigation, Smyrna police have learned that a girl claiming she was abducted was in fact, not abducted.

Gracie Crowe, 13, was reported missing Monday after she went out skating near her grandparents' home, not far from Ridgehurst Drive and Cutler Ridge.

Investigators found her running, frantic, about four miles from her grandparents' home several hours after she was reported missing.

Gracie told police an unidentified man pulled up in a van and grabbed her.

The follow-up investigation determined that there was no abduction.

Neighbors went door-to-door, handing out fliers, desperately trying to find the girl.

Juliette Willcoxon, who lives next door, said she thought the worst when she heard the girl was missing.

"It was really frightening," Willcoxon said. "I was afraid the same thing could've happened to me or my brother."

Willcoxon was so worried that she and her family printed the fliers after Gracie's grandfather found her skates and no other trace of her.

"I just couldn't imagine if anything like that happened to my family, my friends. I'd be so worried for them," Willcoxon said.

Raine Willcoxon, Juliette's younger brother, was the first person to spot Gracie's skates.

"It's just kind of scary knowing that in a safe neighborhood something like this can happen," he said on Monday.

Police did not release what exactly happened. The case is still being investigated.

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