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Vehicle that Scott County teens used as part of runaway recovered, teens located

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Posted at 12:21 PM, Jul 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 16:32:55-04

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — UPDATE: Sgt. Eddie Hart with the Scott County Sheriff's Office says both teens were located at a home and have been returned to their parents.

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UPDATE: The Scott County Sheriff's Office has located the vehicle two missing 14-year-olds used last week as part of a runaway.

The vehicle, which was owned by the grandmother of one of the teens, was located at a gas station on South US 25. The Scott County Sheriff's Office believes that the vehicle has been there for several days. Investigators believe somebody in Central Kentucky is helping the teens remain missing/runaway.

Anyone who has helped them or hindered their return to their parents will face Custodial Interference charges.

Call (502) 863-7855 if you see them. You can also use the Scott County tip line to report any information you have on their location at (859) 509-0510.

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The Scott County Sheriff's Department is looking for two 14-year-old boys who ran away from home Wednesday afternoon driving off in one of the teen's grandmother's car.

Scott County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Eddie Hart said, "Unlike a normal missing persons' case, these boys originally chose to run away and were not immediately thought to be in danger."

But the department tells LEX 18 they are concerned about this case as the teens tossed their phones into a field. The family told LEX 18 they found their phones using a tracking app. The underage teens are still believed to be driving a 2017 Silver Ford Escape.

Hart explained, "The longer they are away from adults, the more likely they could come into harms way from lack of money for food and supplies. That is why getting them back under parental supervision is so important."

In the last 24 hours, Hart said the department received tips on locations for the boys in Central Kentucky, Louisville and outside the state. Hart explained, "When we receive these tips we contact our law enforcement partners in these areas to attempt to locate the boys."

On Wednesday, the Scott County Sheriff's Office posted a message on Facebook hoping the community would help locate the teens, Nikolas Pettit and Brodie Black.

Black's mother Cassie is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to his safe return home.

Hart told LEX 18 both boys are entered as runaways and they are "working with agents with the KY Attorney Generals cyber crimes office to look at their phones they left behind for prior contacts out of state, in KY, and places they had searched."

Neither teen is facing any criminal charges. Hart explained, "Our efforts are again to get them back under adult supervision for their safety."