A teenage girl reported missing early Tuesday morning was found in the company of two other people Tuesday night in the Village of Weedsport, state police said.

A teenage girl reported missing early Tuesday morning was found in the company of two other people Tuesday night in the Village of Weedsport, state police said.


Wayland-based state police were looking for Hayley A. Braziel, 14, of Cohocton after she was reported missing at 6 a.m. Tuesday by her step-mother, Sarah Braziel. Police said Sarah Braziel went to wake her step-daughter for school and found she wasn’t in her room.


The 14-year-old was found in the company of Allison McDermott, 21, and Ryan McDermott, 19, both of Cohocton. Police said they weren’t sure of the extent of the relationship between Ryan McDermott and Braziel.


State police Inv. John McNelis said a Weedsport village police officer spotted the vehicle with the three individuals on State Route 34 and took them into custody at 8:11 p.m. Cayuga County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Auburn police department helped take the individuals into custody.


Ryan McDermott had recently expressed a desire to go to Florida, according to a press release issued by the state police. McNelis said McDermott allegedly had a friend in the Clearwater, Fla. area. Earlier in the day, Braziel’s cell phone was used in the Owego area at approximately 7:57 a.m., which police said is along the most logical route to Florida.


Shortly after Braziel was reported missing Tuesday morning, McDermott’s step-father, Don Clark, reported stolen his 1999 green Dodge Ram Conversion-type van, with New York registration tags ECB-4635. Police said Clark discovered the vehicle was missing when he left his residence in the morning.


Police said the McDermotts were charged in Weedsport village court with unauthorized use of a vehicle and endangering the welfare of a child. McNelis said while a 14-year-old can’t consent to leave home by virtue of age, there was no evidence to indicate kidnapping.


More charges are pending for the McDermotts in Wayland. No charges are anticipated for Braziel.


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