CASSOPOLIS, Mich. - A Michigan teenager and a middle-aged convicted murderer she disappeared with have been sighted in Arizona, authorities said.
The Cass County sheriff’s department reported that a truck driver traveling near Gila Bend, Ariz., encountered Lindsey Diane Ryan, 14, who lives near Jones, and Terry Drake, 56, of Middlebury, Ind.
The pair were traveling west on Interstate 8 in Drake’s white 1995 Dodge Dakota when the vehicle developed a problem with its radiator, Sheriff Joseph M. Underwood Jr. said in a news release issued late Wednesday. The trucker helped them Sunday between 9 and 10 p.m. local time.
Drake’s pickup still bore its Indiana license plate and was missing the right front hubcap, sheriff’s deputies said.
The trucker told police he noticed a .308 Remington rifle and scope in the pickup. Drake said he was headed to San Diego to hunt wild boar.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, based in Alexandria, Va., is in the process of distributing updated fliers regarding Ryan’s disappearance in California, Arizona and other Western states.
As of Wednesday afternoon, investigators had received more than 245 tips in the case, Underwood said.
Police said Lindsey left her home near Jones, a hamlet in southwestern Michigan near the Indiana state line, early on March 1 and met Drake a short distance away. They met at church and corresponded on the Internet.
The pair have been spotted six times, the sheriff’s department said. Before the Arizona sighting, they last were seen on March 5 at a convenience store in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
The cashier who saw them said Lindsey bought gas and appeared to be healthy and in good spirits.
Drake, who is married, has been charged with child endangerment in the case. He spent 16 years in prison for murdering a woman from the Evansville, Ind., area in 1977.