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Missing Juvenile - October 7

On 09/03/08 the Waynesboro Police Department was contacted by the Department of Social Services to assist with locating a 16 year old missing juvenile who had been placed in their custody. Department of Social Service workers were conducting a routine check on the juvenile who was allowed to stay with his biological sister, 23 year old Melissa Kaye King at a residence in the city of Waynesboro. DSS workers and Waynesboro Police Officers quickly discovered that the 16 year old juvenile, Melissa Kaye King and her 24 year old boyfriend, Samuel Pershing McCauley III, had absconded from the residence and were possibly heading to Florida.

On 09/04/08 warrants were obtained on Melissa King and Samuel McCauley III for abduction under VA Code section 18.2-47. The crime of abduction is a class 5 felony punishable by 1-10 years in prison and a $2500 fine. Melissa King and Samuel McCauley III were entered into the NCIC system as wanted persons. The 16 year old male juvenile was also entered into the NCIC system as a missing juvenile.

During the course of the investigation it was discovered that Melissa King had family in Bay County Florida. Investigators from the Waynesboro Police Department contacted investigators from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, the Panama City Police Department and the Lynn Haven Police Department and asked for assistance with the investigation. As a result of the entry into the NCIC system, the Waynesboro Police Department was contacted by the U.S. Marshals service. The U.S. Marshals service also offered to assist with the investigation. During the next couple of weeks several leads were investigated by all agencies involved in the search. King and McCauley quickly learned that they were being sought by the Police and subsequently fled the state of Florida.

On 09/26/08 it was discovered that Melissa King, Samuel McCauley III, and the 16 year old juvenile were back in Virginia and they were currently staying at a residence in the 2200 block of Jefferson Highway in Fishersville. Surveillance was subsequently set up on the residence. At approximately 5:30 pm the juvenile was observed walking away from the residence by the surveillance team. Once the juvenile was clear from the residence, the surveillance team took him into custody for being a missing juvenile.

As Deputies from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, Officers from the Waynesboro Police Department, and Deputies with the U.S. Marshal’s Service were preparing to execute a search warrant at the residence in Fishersville, the surveillance team observed King and McCauley leaving the residence in a maroon Dodge Durango. The surveillance team followed the suspects until Deputies and Officers were in place to safely take the suspects into custody.

At approximately 6:41pm; all teams were in position and a traffic stop was initiated on Eastbound interstate 64 just outside the city limits of Waynesboro. Both suspects were taken into custody without further incident.

The 16 year old juvenile who was the subject of this investigation was turned over to the Department of Social Services.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing and additional charges may be pending.

Any further questions should be directed to Sgt. Kelly Walker at 540-942-6537.

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