Missing teen-ager is found after arrest of boyfriend

April 25, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

A 17-year-old girl who ran away from her Columbia home more than a year ago with her fugitive boyfriend was found unharmed near Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday, Howard County police said.

Shirley Mohr, of Millbank Row in Harper's Choice, was found in an apartment she shared with her boyfriend, said Gary L. Gardner, a county police spokesman.

Her boyfriend, Barry Matthew George, 25, was arrested about 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Houlihans restaurant outside Jacksonville, where he was a waiter, Mr. Gardner said. He was taken into custody and is being held without bond on a fugitive warrant in the Duvall County jail awaiting extradition to Howard County.

George, whose last known address was in the 10300 block of College Square in Hickory Ridge, is wanted for violating probation on a burglary conviction.

After his arrest, George led investigators to Miss Mohr at a nearby apartment, Mr. Gardner said. She was scheduled to fly home this weekend.

Her father, Yoram Mohr, said authorities in Florida were able to track George down after he allegedly used Miss Mohr's Social Security number to gain employment.

"We're happy. We can't wait to see her and, hopefully, she feels the same," Mr. Mohr said yesterday.

He said not knowing his daughter's whereabouts was agonizing for him and his wife, Rachel.

"It was terrible. We haven't heard from them at all in a year," he said. "At least three-quarters of the load's taken off our hearts, knowing she's alive."

Mr. Mohr, who owns a limousine business, said he's not sure why his oldest daughter ran away.

"She ran away with somebody who told her he loved her," he said. "Sometimes that's all it takes."

Her family reported her missing April 11, 1992, when she was 16. They always believed she was with George, who had relatives in Florida and once was stationed there in the Navy.

During her disappearance, Miss Mohr never telephoned her family, but did call one friend last May to say that she and George had found an apartment and were happy, police said.

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