Po­lice re­port sight­ings of miss­ing Elk­ton girl, 14

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMILTON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

ELK­TON — There have been a cou­ple of sight­ings of a 14-year-old Elk­ton girl who has been miss­ing since Oct. 6 and “mul­ti­ple ap­par­ent sight­ings,” ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

“I think the propen­sity for this be­ing a run­away case is in­creas­ing with each piece of in­for­ma­tion we get,” An­drew Tuer, sergeant of spe­cial op­er­a­tions with the Elk­ton Po­lice Depart­ment, told the Ce­cil Whig late Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Up un­til Thurs­day, the teen – Is­abelle Alexan­dra Swiger – had been last seen by a fel­low Elk­ton High School stu­dent between 1 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 6 in the park­ing lot of the Mc­Don­ald’s at 226 Belle Hill Road, off Route 279, in Elk­ton.

“We have her on sur­veil­lance cam­era there at that time, and she was with a friend,” Tuer re­ported, de­clin­ing to pro­vide de­tails con­cern­ing Swiger’s com­pan­ion.

How­ever, on Thurs­day, EPD in­ves­ti­ga­tors were able to con­firm that Swiger was in Ne­wark, Del., later on Oct. 6, in the evening, ac­cord­ing to Tuer, who noted that, at one point, she had been viewed at an es­tab­lish­ment, which he de­clined to name be­cause of the on­go­ing miss­ing per­son in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We were able to con­firm through cam­eras in Ne­wark that she was there that (Oct. 6) night. On cam­era, she did not ap­pear to be in dis­tress and she did not ap­pear to harmed,” Tuer out­lined.

There have been other re­ported sight­ings of Swiger in this area; how­ever, in­ves­ti­ga­tors are not able to say with cer­tainty that the per­son pur­port­edly seen by the re­port­ing peo­ple was her, ac­cord­ing to Tuer.

“We have not been able to con­firm those ap­par­ent sight­ings through video,” Tuer said, ex­plain­ing that de­tec­tives have gone to the places where peo­ple re­ported see­ing Swiger and have checked sur­veil­lance cam­era sys­tems in those ar­eas.

Swiger had gone to Elk­ton High School on the morn­ing of Oct. 6, but, at some point, she left be­fore dis­missal with­out telling any­one, po­lice said.

EPD de­tec­tives started their in­ves­ti­ga­tion that af­ter­noon, af­ter Swiger’s mother re­ported her miss­ing “when it was learned that she left school with­out no­tice,” po­lice added.

“This is a high-pri­or­ity case for us, and we are ac­tively and ag­gres­sively in­ves­ti­gat­ing any and all leads and tips,” Tuer told the Ce­cil Whig on Thurs­day.

Swiger is white, 5-foot-6, and 130 pounds. She has black hair down to her col­lar, brown eyes, a right nose pierc­ing and a scar on her left cheek.

Any­one who knows Swiger’s where­abouts or has in­for­ma­tion that might help de­tec­tives is urged to call 911 or EPD Ofc. Joshua Lef­few, lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor, at 410-398-4200, ext. 40.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELK­TON PO­LICE DEPART­MENT

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are try­ing to find this 14-year-old Elk­ton girl, Is­abelle Swig­ger, who has been miss­ing since Oct. 6.

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