The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help finding two teens who they say have runaway together.
Nyle Forest Elder, 17, of Fort Myers, Florida, has been missing since Tuesday and is believed to have driven a 2005 Jeep Liberty with a Florida tag, Y60PGD, to North Carolina, according to Maj. Jason Wank.
Octavia Diamond Herring Messerschmidt, 15, of Herring Smith Lane in Newport has been missing since Wednesday and is believed to be with Elder, according to Wank.
“We have reason to believe that they may no longer be in the (Jeep),” Wank said, adding that information provided now suggests the Jeep may have broken down in another part of the state and Elder was dropped off in the Newport area.
Elder is a previous student of West Carteret High School where Messerschmidt attends school, Wank said, and the two teens knew each other before they went missing.
The sheriff’s office believes the teens have stayed close to the area, Wank said.
“We think that they have friends around the Compass Landing Apartments area of Newport,” he said.
Neither teen is believed to be in danger nor facing any health conditions their families are worried about, Wank said.
The sheriff’s office believes the two are on foot and will likely turn up on their own accord.
“Fortunately, they are not in harm’s way,” Wank said.
Anyone who has information related to Elder and Messerschmidt is asked to call the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office at 252-728-8400 or the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 239-477-1000.