Missing teens found

  By Abby Morris-Frye
  Three city juveniles who ran away from home twice this month have once again been returned to the custody of their parents.
  According to police reports, the three juveniles -- ages 15 and 16 -- were found in Sullivan County with the same male subject they ran away with the first time.
  On Monday, the parents of the three teenagers spoke with the Elizabethton Star and asked that the Star write a story on the missing children and run photographs of them in an attempt to help the parents locate the children. Tammy Kinser, 714 First St., reported that her 15-year-old daughter, Jerricka Britt Hooper, was missing again. Brenda Jester, 130 Volunteer Dr., reported that her 16-year-old son, Christopher Henson, was missing as well. Rachelle McKay, 312 Kendrick Ave., reported that her 15-year-old daughter, Jessica Nobriga, was also missing.
  According to police reports, Hooper, Henson and Nobriga disappeared the first time this month on Dec. 9 when they and another juvenile -- whose name was not released by police but was identified as a 14-year-old female in reports -- left Elizabethton High School that morning with a 19-year-old male the report identifies as Gregory Lee Whitson, of 208 Parkway Blvd.
  Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Mark Roberts states in his police report on the first disappearance that he was dispatched to Elizabethton High School where he was told by Vice Principal Michael Little that the four juveniles were seen leaving the school parking lot around 7:30 a.m., crossing Bemberg Road and getting into a white vehicle with Whitson.
  During the course of the investigation into the juveniles' first disappearance, McKay, the mother of Nobriga, informed Roberts that she had been contacted by the Maryland State Police and was informed that the MSP had all four of the juveniles as well as Whitson in custody following a traffic stop in their jurisdiction.
  "I spoke with Maryland State Trooper Brian Smith and relayed information to the parents, so they could make arrangements to pick up their children," states Roberts in his report. "The parents were advised of their legal rights in the matter concerning the actions of Mr. Whitson."
  On Dec. 15, Roberts once again responded to a call regarding the same juveniles. On the afternoon of that day, Roberts met with Kinser (the mother of Hooper), Jester (the mother of Henson) and McKay (the mother of Nobriga) and was advised that the three juveniles had run away from home again.
  According to Roberts' report, the juveniles were seen leaving the Elizabethton High School grounds at approximately 7:20 a.m. in the company of Whitson.
  On Monday, five days after Hooper, Henson and Nobriga had disappeared again, Roberts was contacted by Sullivan County law enforcement officers regarding the three juveniles and the adult male (Whitson) who they were with. "On (Monday) at 4:12 p.m., Sgt. Dooley of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department located the vehicle in which the missing juveniles were traveling in a parking lot off Eastman Road in Sullivan County," states Roberts in his latest report. "In the process of conducting his investigation he discovered that the vehicle, a white Chevy Malibu, was reported stolen out of Dalton County, Ga. The driver, Gregory Whitson, was charged with motor vehicle theft and the juveniles were returned to their parents."
  There is no information at this time as to what charges if any Whitson will face relating to the two incidents with the juveniles.