Missing Port St. Lucie girl, 15, turns herself in at Opa-locka police station

By Akilah Johnson
Staff Writer
September 27 2005

The 10-day search for a missing 15-year-old Port St. Lucie girl ended
Monday when she walked into the Opa-locka police station, officials said.

Erin Nembhard turned herself in to authorities at about 12:30 p.m.
Monday. “She appeared to be in good health,” said Officer Robert Vega,
spokesman for the Port St. Lucie Police Department.

Both Port St. Lucie and Miami-Dade police detectives spent hours talking
to the Treasure Coast Christian Academy ninth-grader, trying to determine
exactly where she’d been and what she’d been up to during her 10 days
away from home, Vega said.

The teen crawled out of her bedroom window Sept. 16. She had been
chatting with several men on the Internet, and one, Eduardo Narvaez, 21,
was waiting outside. They drove to his Miami home. Then he dropped the
girl off at the Carol City home of Corey Witty.

Witty, 35, is a convicted sex offender who was released from prison in
January for lewd or lascivious battery involving a child.

On Sunday afternoon, detectives arrived at Witty’s home, where they found
Nembhard’s three suitcases. He told police she left on foot about 45
minutes before they arrived, authorities said.

Both men were later arrested: Narvaez on misdemeanor charges of
contributing to the delinquency of a minor and harboring a runaway; Witty
for failing to register as a sex offender. Witty was also arrested on
three sex crime charges, though police would not say if they were related
to Nembhard’s case.

Investigators launched an intense search for the missing teen, blanketing
the 99-mile radius around Witty’s home with 5,000 flyers that had
Nembhard’s picture on them. They also issued a statewide missing-child
alert and enlisted the help of the FBI.

“We’re very pleased that we found her, and she’ll be returned soon to her
family,” said Miami-Dade police spokesman Detective Juan del Castillo.

It was not clear Monday night when Nembhard would be able to go home.
“What [detectives] find out will determine where she ends up going,” Vega
said.

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