QUINCY, Ill. — A missing teen from Bellbrook was found safe in a western Illinois city Wednesday. The juvenile, Savannah Swartz, 14, of Bellbrook, was found in Quincy, Illinois, by city police officers after she was spotted at a house there.
Quincy police first requested public assistance in locating Swartz last month after the FBI contacted them requesting help in searching for the girl. After she was spotted at a house in the city Wednesday, officers responded to the area and took her into protective custody. According to a release from the department, the teen will be released pending the notification of family members.
“You hate to see a young girl out by [herself], especially if you’re a parent, because you have no idea what’s going to happen to them or what happened to them,” Quincy police detective Eric Johnson said. “It just drives you nuts, makes you pull your hair out. I was pretty happy when they said they found her yesterday.”
Information regarding the reason Swartz was in the city was not available Thursday.
Swartz was last seen at a family gathering June 14 before she went missing. According to our partners at WDTN 2 News, Bellbrook police put out a warrant for Swartz June 17, charging her as an unruly juvenile.