Spindler was caught on bank surveillance camera on the Thursday she went missing. (Source: HCPD)
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Mount Pleasant Police have confirmed that a "filing false police report" charge has been filed in connection with the case of Marley McKenna Spindler, the 16-year-old who went missing last Thursday, and was found in Mount Pleasant on Wednesday.
At about noon on Wednesday, Mt. Pleasant police pulled over a silver Ford SUV near the Ravenel Bridge, according to a heavily-redacted police report. The vehicle description and plates matched the vehicle that 16-year-old Spindler allegedly drove off in when she went missing from the Myrtle Beach area on Thursday, August 20.
The report states that the officer recognized the young female driver with reddish/blonde hair as a missing person. The subject, who was not identified in the report, told the officer that after she picked up her friend in Myrtle Beach, someone she didn’t know and told her to go, and that if she didn’t, she would get into trouble.
Police then took the subject to the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, and detectives from the Horry County Police Department arrived to conduct an interview. During the interview, she told detectives that she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted during the time she had been reported as missing.
Detectives searched the subject’s SUV for evidence of the assault, and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner conducted an exam in the hopes of collecting forensic evidence of the alleged assault suspect’s identity.
While taking the subject back to the police department from the hospital, a Mt. Pleasant officer continued to discuss what happened to the subject, and realized that there was an inconsistency in her story: she originally said she was alone with the sexual assault suspect, but at one point said the suspect drove “us” down Highway 17. The subject then said she would be honest about everything.
Horry County Police again interviewed the subject. Once they got out of the interview room, they advised Mt. Pleasant Police that the subject had fabricated the entire story.
It was determined that the subject is going to be charged with filing a false police report, the report states.
On Wednesday afternoon, Horry County Police confirmed that Marley McKenna Spindler was found safe by Mount Pleasant Police.
"She is safe and will be reunited with her family as soon as possible," the HCPD release stated. "We are continuing to investigate this case to ensure we have a complete understanding of its facts and circumstances. The Horry County Police sincerely thank everyone who assisted in the search for McKenna. Additional information will be disseminated as it becomes available."