Authorities still gathering info on missing teenBy JOHN A. WINTERS
Authorities are continuing to piece together the events that led to a massive search for a teenager who eventually was found hours later and miles from his abandoned pickup truck.
Well over 100 volunteers, rescue and law enforcement personnel were involved in the search for Grayson Parker, who was last seen Wednesday night leaving a convenience store in north Coweta County. He was found the next day about 15 miles south in Moreland.
“We are still looking at that,” said Major Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.
“No one has been charged or anything like that.”
Parker’s Ford pickup was found late Wednesday night on Happy Valley Circle, about a mile from Frazier’s convenience store, where he was seen on a surveillance tape about 10:30 p.m. His iPhone, wallet and credit cards were in the truck, according to authorities.
On Thursday, Parker, who is 18, showed up at a house in Moreland on Bethlehem Church Road around noon.
A resident there called Coweta 911, saying Parker told them he had been kidnapped.
Yarbrough said Parker was not kidnapped and that he was cooperating in the investigation.
Friends and family began searching for Parker late Wednesday.
After Parker’s pickup was found, sheriff’s deputies were notified and arrived at the scene a little after 1 a.m. Thursday.
Early Thursday, with the sheriff’s office helicopter flying overhead, volunteers began searching in the woods near where Parker’s truck was found. From that location, it was only a short walk through a field and some woods to his home on Lake Coweta Circle.
A more intensive search, involving well over 100 volunteers, was in the process of being set up Thursday when word was received Parker had been found.
Parker will be a 12th-grader at Heritage School this year, where he plays football.