CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - A happy ending to a frightening situation for a Chesterfield family on spring break in Myrtle Beach – their 15-year-old daughter who went missing, was found safe Friday.
On Thursday, Myrtle Beach Police posted an alert on social media about the missing Midlothian teen named Christina.
For more than 48 hours, police and community members near and far searched for her.
“I’ve got two girls and the thought of one of my girls coming up missing is horrifying,” said Mike Marino, of Henrico.
Marino has known Christina since she was 5years old but never expected her to go missing on a vacation with her family.
“You hear about it on the news and you go ‘oh that’s awful,’ but when it happens to someone you know it’s completely different,” Marino said. “You just desperately want to do something.”
So Marino contacted NBC12, other news outlets, and posted all over social media the details provided by Myrtle Beach Police.
They said Christina was last seen around noon on Wednesday going for a walk on the beach, but her family said she never came back to the room.
“I desperately want Christina to come back,” said Traci Northman, her mother.
A reporter with WMBF, an NBC12 sister station, spoke with the family Thursday after the 15-year-old had been missing for 24 hours. Her mother said Christina may have gone to link up with a boy she had met at a water park.
“I’m scared to death,” Northman said.
“We’re just reaching out to them and trying to provide support where we can,” Marino said.
NBC12 spoke with Marino around 1:15 p.m. Friday. Just after the interview was completed, Myrtle Beach Police posted on social media Christina had been found safe. That is when Marino found out.
“Get out of here; get out of here,” Marino said. “That’s fabulous. That’s good news.”
With shaky hands, Marino immediately texted his friend, the teen’s father.
“Come on buddy talk to me,” he said.
A dramatic change of events for Marino in a matter of minutes.
“I’m thankful,” he said. “It sounds like this has come to a very happy ending.”
Meanwhile, Christina’s sister also posted on social media the good news.
“Thank you to everyone who sent their love and highest thoughts to our family. We are so grateful that she is safe,” the post stated.
No other information as to the circumstances surrounding Christina being found was immediately available.
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