Boyfriend, his grandmother arrested, charged in 16-year-old girl's disappearance

Boyfriend, his grandmother arrested, charged in 16-year-old girl’s disappearance

(As originally published with additional photos, Tue, October 31st 2023, 6:35 PM EDT)

GRAND ISLAND, Fla. (TND) — The case of a missing underage girl kept deputies in Florida busy for weeks and they say she had been hidden at a place they visited several times, all along.

The initial report about 16-year-old Aliyah Duncan came in on Sept. 7 and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office reported putting in a lot of time and effort on the case, for nothing.

Authorities said they conducted an extensive search and interviewed multiple family members and others known to Duncan.

They pointed out detectives spent a great deal of time with Duncan’s boyfriend, Damion Anderson, and his grandmother, Debbie Myers. The two live in the same home.

”Detectives interviewed both Anderson and Myers nearly 12 times over the course of three weeks,” the sheriff’s office reported. “During that time, both parties provided little information, as they were adamant about having no knowledge of the juvenile’s whereabouts.

”Anderson and Myers were made aware of the multiple resources being utilized to locate the juvenile. In addition, they were both informed of the criminal charges they could face if they had knowledge of the juvenile’s location and chose to withhold that information from law enforcement.

”Myers’ response to that was that she believed the extensive search was becoming ‘ridiculous’ and that whoever is responsible for assisting the juvenile should be charged.”

Boyfriend, his grandmother arrested, charged in 16-year-old girl's disappearance
Authorities said missing girl Aliyah Duncan had been staying at the home of Damion Anderson and Debbie Myers the entire time they were searching, Oct. 9, 2023. (Lake Co. Sheriff’s Office)

That’s exactly what happened but first, those detectives got four search warrants for social media accounts, six subpoenas for location services, and eight after-hour information requests.

They also got help from multiple FBI agents, US Marshals, neighboring sheriff’s offices, local law enforcement agencies, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Authorities said in the end, Duncan

”was ultimately located at the residence of Myers and Anderson, where she was staying during the entirety of the time she was reported missing.”

Anderson and Myers were arrested and charged with interference with child custody, which is a third-degree felony; and providing false information to law enforcement and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which are both first-degree misdemeanors.

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