FARMINGTON — Police are conducting a criminal investigation into the case of a 15-year-old girl who had been missing since Thursday and was found early Saturday evening in Hartford and reunited with her family.
Sources said Juliette Lyon may not have left Farmington willingly.
Within hours of her mother’s emotional plea on Saturday for her safe return, police received a tip that Juliette might be at a house in New Britain, sources said. New Britain police responded to that home and interviewed someone who told them the girl was at a house in the Frog Hollow section of Hartford.
Police then went to the house on Jefferson Street and found Juliette there, sources said. The teenager was reunited with her family, then admitted to a local hospital as a precaution, sources said.
Police did not say who called in the tip on where she could be found, but sources said a criminal investigation is underway and that Juliette did not willingly leave Farmington. No one was arrested Saturday night at the Jefferson Street home, police said.
Juliette was last seen walking near the CVS on Main Street in Farmington at around 8 p.m. Thursday night. Police Chief Paul Melanson said she went for a walk and didn’t return home. The family lives near Main Street.
Police issued a Silver Alert for the teenage girl on Saturday afternoon.
At the press conference on Saturday afternoon, Jessica Lyon issued an emotional plea for her daughter’s return.
“My daughter has been missing for 48 hours and she could be anywhere by now,” Jessica Lyon said at the Farmington Police Department. “Juliette, if you can hear or see this your family and friends love you so much. We need you home, stay strong everything will be OK.”
Police said they issued the Silver Alert because Juliette had a medical condition and had left the house without her medication. She also did not have a phone or any money with her.
State police dogs were brought in to search the woods and trails around CVS. Family and friends of the Lyons handed out fliers all over town and at malls and businesses from West Hartford to Waterbury.
By Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant