UPDATE: Missing teens found, heading home

UPDATE: The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office says the teens were located in Tennessee Monday night and were heading home to be reunited with their families.

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office says five teenagers missing from Brunswick and Columbus Counties may be headed to Tennessee.

Deputies say Matthew Brett Miles and Katlin Marie Tennant, both 14 of Leland, are possibly with Christa Smith, Amber Yurgel and Kaitlyn Tagget, all 13 of Columbus County.

Investigators say Tennant took her parents' olive green 2008 Volvo with NC plate RWP-9142. A Facebook message said they were going to take a joy ride to Tennessee.

The Sheriff's Office says at about 4:30 a.m. the Volvo ran out of gas in Lumberton around US 75 and I-95. A motorist assisted the teens by putting gas in the vehicle.

The only ties known to Tennessee is that Miles's family vacationed in Gatlinburg a year ago.

Anyone with information should call the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

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Each one of these kids should have to serve time. They should not be allowed to get their licenses until they are 21 and they also should have to serve several hours, possibly hundreds, of community service. I am doubtful the parents are to blame. Many children these days are ignorant. It's not something we can blame on the parents or society really. You can't blame television or the internet. The blame lies solely with whichever one of these children made the decision. Also, with each one of them that got in the car in the first place. What is the charge for Grand Theft Auto? Child Endangerment? Contributing to the delinquency of a minor?
I really hope the local law enforcement for Columbus and Brunswick County will not hold anything back when it comes to determining the charges these children will face. Hoping the law wins this one. Throw them all in jail!

Excellent idea! Let's toss these non-violent juveniles into the slammer with the the rapist, child molesters, druggies and the odd drunk or two. To make room for them, let a few bank robbers and murderers out early. Throw away the keys too! I'm sure they'll come out model citizens when/if they are finally released.

Then again, that makes about as much sense as charging them with child endangerment and/or contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Which child are you proposing to charge and against whom?

Personally, I wouldn't want to have to pay for locking these kids up. There are far better remedies...including, as you said, denial of the privlidge of obtaining a drivers license until they are adults. Even then, their insurance company should be allowed to deny insurance or jack it up to a rate on par with a person who has had a DUI or two...very high risk. Hit 'em where it hurts...no phone, no internet, yikes!!! take them off Facebook!

Take away their internet? Take away their phones? "Hit 'em where it hurts..."? Those are some really MEAN consequences there Kilroy! So how many criminals have you birthed?
You don't seem to have a grasp on the basics here. First of all, the prisons are full of the violent criminals you described and are released early on a daily to join the law-abiding, tax-paying general public. Those criminals started out just like these teenie-bumps. Next, you have kids at this age THAT KNOW BETTER, but yet steal their parents car and go on a multi-state extravaganza with no drivers license, no money and definitely not enough common sense to pull it off! The obvious result is that you have the perfect recipie for a criminal residing in each and every one of them. For most that have this sort of propensity, their lives will turn into a mish-mash of mutiple felonies, misdemeanors, drug use, incarceration and the inability to co-exist with the general public. They can't get jobs, or maintain one if they do. Nobody will even rent to them because of their criminal history.

So yeah...go ahead take their cell phone, their internet and their facebook, that'll show 'em alright! They're already too old to get it at this point and evidently weren't even taught the basics that most of us learn by the age of two. Self-predestination can be a real tough way to grow up!

I don't think criminal charges should be brought against them for this reason. They are young and they should be given another chance - there should be some type of consequence but not giving them felony records. With that being said, I don't agree with the rest. They need to see their are consequences for their actions. They were old enough to decide to head for Tennessee and to drive there, so they knew what they were doing. If the parents have any sense about them, and want to prevent something like this happening again, they need to put them on heavy restriction. You can be darn sure they would not have a phone, they would not be on a computer unless I was sitting there beside them, and they would be very restricted in their movements. The parents have to pull up their big girl/boy panties and act like parents - they are not friends. They set the rules and they set the consequences for breaking the rules. I don't care what kind of parent you are -a child is going to push the envelope so to speak and you have to be ready to make them answer for it. If you don't, you can pretty well guarantee that down the road you will be visiting them in jail or at the cemetery.

I wonder, will these kids be punished by the law? Driving w/o a license? Forbid them to get a license until they're 18!!
Boy, times have changed since I was a kid. I would have gotten my read end whooped, and I would have deserved it! Take away the tv, cell, computer, and music. Ground them for 6 months. Make them work out in the yard and clean house,do their homework and read! This could have been disasterous for others on the road. Thank God nothing happened.

Yeah ok for those saying Glad they are safe. Dear God, is that all you gonna say to your dumb kids for taking a Joy Ride??? I would smack the taste out their mouth as soon I saw my kids. Why, Cause they think they are having fun I bet they will learn after this when I smack their face or tail won't be trying something sneaky or underhanded. And your kids need to understand they are not adults yet. Treat them as kids or young people tell them they are not adults yet.

Glad they are safe but I bet that will be a long trip back for them wondering what is waiting at home for them. If they were mine, they would get a hindy whipping they wouldn't soon forget and their restrictions would last a long time. What they did was dangerous - something could have happened to any of them; someone could have got hold of any of them; or they could have injured or killed someone else. This is not a prank - this is a dangerous situation that needs to be dealt with firmly and harshly. Hope the parents have enough guts and sense to see that and not treat them like little innocents out for drive.

No, I don't think they are worried about their parents reaction at all. It isn't like when you and I were growing up. The fact that they have no respect or fear of their parents is the reason they went and did this lame-brain thing in the first place.

I don't think you should make generalizations about these kids without knowing them. You don't know whether or not they are afraid of their parents' reaction, and you don't know the full story.

If they'd had...one...simple ounce of respect, they would've never pulled this in the first place. Accountability and Consequences are not at all their concern.

Any one wanna join the, "Beat their Narrow A$$!" campaign?

as the aunt to matthew i tink that maybe you know the background on a subject before you start a campigning for such a stupid campaign maybe you should run for president that you will with the rest the idoits who think they know everthing!!!-

...be sure you take their cell phones away, no TV for three days and give them "time-out" for 15 minutes.

This is the very reason why the punk-a$$ed teenie-bumps turn into felons by the ripe age of 20. Parents just aren't parenting anymore. Then they want to blame "Little Johnny's" on-going behavior and legal problems on someone else.

AS THE AUNT TO MATTHEW I WOULD LIKE TO INFORM YOU OF A FEW THINGS/ HIS PARENTS WORK VERY HARD 40 and 50 hrs per week to take care of their childern/ they have taught mathhew respect and honor/MATTHEW DID A VERY STUPID THING/ THIS STUPID THING IS NOT OPEN FOR DICUSSION TO THE PUBLIC/ AS FAR AS LEGAL PROBLEMS THIS IS THE 1sT TIME HE HAS EVER DONE ANYTHING WRONG /NEVER HAS EVEN SPOKEN WITH A LAW OFFICER AND ANY OTHER OFFICAL SO AS FAR AS LEGAL PROBLEMS YOUR WRONG!!!/ HIS APRENT S ARE VERY MUCH PARENTS AND IF YOU HAVE NEVER DONE ANYTHING WRONG i'LL SEE YOU HANG ON A CROSS ONE DAY SOMEHOW I REALL DOUBT IT!! BECAUSE JESUS WAS THE ONLY PERFECT PERSON I HAVE EVER HEARD OF/NEGATIVE COMMENTS AND SNIDE REMARKS DO NOT INSTILL VALUES EITHER GET DOWN OFF YOU DOLLAR HORSE AND MAKE COMMENTS THAT WOULD HELP THIS SITUTION

I'm curious to know how they pulled this off without their parents being aware of them leaving, especially the ones whose car was stolen. And yes, people do stupid things regardless of how good their parents are. But, crime is a public matter and therefore it is open for public discussion.

PARENTS ARE DOING THEIR JOBS! I KNOW ONE SET OF PARENTS IN THIS GROUP AND THEY ARE OUTSTANDING. BUT JUST THINK, IT DOES NOT MATTER IF THE PARENTS ARE GOOD OR BAD. TEENAGERS ARE GOING TO DO THINGS THEY SHOULD NOT. IT DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE GOING TO BE FELON'S. I BELIEVE THE PARENTING YOUR TALKING ABOUT IS BEATING THEM,WELL TAKE OFF THE BLINDERS. HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN IN OUR PRISONS THUR THE YEARS AND THEY WERE BEAT AS A CHILD. ARE YOU BLINDED BY THAT? KIDS WILL TURN OUT GOOD OR BAD YOU JUST DO THE BEST YOU CAN.

...spoil the child. Growing up, I never feared my parents, I always feared the consequences of my actions, rendered by them. Never got into much trouble because of that and I'm thankful. Raised our children the same way. None of us are in prison. A spanking that leaves a little sting on the rear-end and "beating" are two totally separate things. There are so many things to be taken away from young adults as punishment, however one of the parents must be home to enforce the punishment or it will never work. That's usually not doable these days with most families being a two income family. Good Luck finding what punishment works for these families. and, glad they are safe.

It appears your caps lock key must be stuck in the on position. Try pressing it once and see if the little light on your keyboard goes out.

If these esteemed parents were doing their jobs, their kids would not have stolen their car and taken a cross-country joy ride, wasting community resources "searching" for their whereabouts. If anything is true about these parents, they should have their kids taken away from them because they are incompetent at best.

IF ALL THE NEGATIVE NELLIES WOULD WRITE SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE INSTEAD OF REVELING OTHER PEOPLE MISERY THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE / INSTEAD OF KNOCKING WHAT YOU DO'NOT KNOW MAYBE A HELPING HAND WOULD BE MORE APPROIATE/ I"M THE AUNT TO MATTHEW/ AS FAR AS WASTING RESOUCES I AND MATHHEW'S PARENTS WORK VERY HARD 40 AND 50 HRS A WEEK SO OUR TAX DOLLARS WHERE @ WORK/ I THINK LOOKING FOR CHILDERN WHO POSSIBLY COULD HARM THEMSELVES AS WELL AS OTHERS IS NOT!! A WASTE OF RESOUCRES/ WOULD IT MAKE YOU HAPPIER TO KNOW THAT INSTEAD OF FINDING CONFUSED TEENS IF ALL THAT TIME AS SPENT TRACKING A DRUG DEALER HOLDING SHOOT OUTS IN THE STREET BE BETTER?/

They all are safe and christa smith is 15 not ,13

She is still underage and not old enough to drive legally.

getting their driver's licenses when they turn 16 after they're caught.

One thing about it....unlicensed or not, they made it to Tennessee. Look how many licensed drivers have accidents going to work in Wilmington every week.

Bonnaroo was back in the summer. They are too late for that party. Not good timing on their part.