Officials locate missing teens

Tuesday, 01 November 2005

Two local teenagers who police believe ran away with a 42-year-old man
last week have been found.

The man and one of the teenagers are in police custody in Amarillo,
Texas. The other teenager has returned home.

Brittney Leigh Kennedy, 16, St. Hilaire, returned home Saturday after
calling her mom from Iowa.

Michelle Rae Tieman, 16, Thief River Falls, was found safe Monday
afternoon in Amarillo. Tieman was found in a motel room with Michael
David Franklin of Thief River Falls, according to Thief River Falls
Police Chief Kim Murphy. The Amarillo Police Department took Franklin and
Tieman into custody without incident. Arrangements are being made to
transport them back to Thief River Falls.

“I’m just glad she’s home and that she’s been found,” said Tieman’s
father, Curtis.
Several unsuccessful attempts were made Monday afternoon and Tuesday
morning to reach Kennedy’s parents, Lance and Tracy.

Franklin, who was on probation, will face charges in Pennington County,
Murphy said. Murphy noted he had conferred with the Pennington County
Attorney’s Office, but it has not yet been determined what charges
Franklin will face. Kennedy and Tieman may face charges in juvenile
court, but Murphy said he didn’t know what those charges would be.

Old-fashioned police work and technology led to the capture of Franklin
and Tieman, according to Murphy. He thanked the girls’ families, people
who shared information, and the media for their help. Murphy also thanked
Juvenile Officer/Investigator Teresa Mattison and Deputy Police Chief
Craig Mattson for their work on the case.

Franklin and Tieman were found two days after Kennedy returned home.
Kennedy was found safe and unharmed, Mattison said. Kennedy called her
mom from a rest stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where she had been dropped
off. The Iowa State Patrol held Kennedy until her mom was able to pick
her up.

Kennedy and Tieman were last seen Oct. 24 in Thief River Falls. They were
reported missing the next day and were believed to be with Franklin.

Franklin met the teenagers at Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous,
Mattison said.

A Crime Alert was issued for the teens Friday. The alert noted they were
missing/endangered. Law enforcement wasn’t able to issue an Amber Alert
since the girls hadn’t been abducted, Mattison noted.

Authorities believed Monday that Franklin and Tieman were headed to
California to look for work, Mattison said. One of Franklin’s former
co-workers apparently lives there. They also believed Franklin and Tieman
were possibly in Gallup, N.M., Sunday while on their way to Los Angeles.

According to police, Franklin hasn’t been convicted of any sex offenses.
The Pennington County Court Administrator’s Office noted that Franklin is
not in its database.

Franklin was on probation for a Polk County offense of felony theft of
more than $35,000 from a business, according to the Minnesota Department
of Corrections Web site. It noted that Franklin was supposed to be on
probation until May 2007.

The police department noted Tieman ran away with another Thief River
Falls man in recent years.


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