Runaway Michigan teen couple found safe in Louisiana

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A nationwide search has ended safely for a 15-year-old boy and his 13-year-old girlfriend, who turned up in Louisiana nine days after fleeing their Michigan homes in the boy's family minivan.

The boyfriend and girlfriend were spotted playing with seagulls on a Gulf of Mexico beach, just east of the Texas state line.

Hannah McConnell and Gage Petherbridge took off January 12th from their homes in Vienna Township, about 65 miles north-northwest of Detroit.

They took Gage's family van, about $680 in cash, and Gage's dog Mandy. Gage has a learner's permit.

The teens were reportedly tracked through clues that included a call to a friend and an update to the girl's MySpace page.

A sheriff's detective tells the Detroit Free Press the teens are being held in separate cells until their parents come to get them.

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