Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office: Both runaway teens located, returned home safely


CHOCOWINITY, N.C. (WNCT) — The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday evening that Karie Grace and Malanda Smith were located and have been returned safely to their homes.

No further details were provided.


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There’s a new twist in the case of two Beaufort County teens who have been missing since June 6.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating Karie Grace and Malanda Smith. Gracie, 15, is believed to be with Smith, 16. Both have been missing since around June 6, according to investigators.

On Tuesday, investigators learned Grace called her family to tell them she was fine. She also said she knew law enforcement was looking for them but they were not ready to come home yet, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office officials said Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Smith’s parents reported to the sheriff’s office they have received text messages from an unknown person attempting to extort money from them for information on the whereabouts of their daughter.  When the parents attempted further conversation with the person, they got no further response.

Investigators now say they are now looking into that incident.

Grace is described as 4-foot-11 and approximately 90 pounds. Smith, has not been seen by her mother since June 6 at around 8 p.m. when she reportedly left her Chocowinity home. She was last seen wearing a pink coat and black leggings. She is 5-foot-2 and 120 pounds with blue hair.

Investigators believe that someone who knows Grace and/or Smith may have information about their whereabouts.

If you know the whereabouts of Smith, you are asked to contact the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 946-7111, Beaufort County Crime Stoppers at (252) 974-6400 or your local law enforcement agency.

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