Teens drive around with woman, 89, in trunk for two days

Posted: March 22, 2013

TWO HEARTLESS teenage girls carjacked an 89-year-old woman in a sleepy Delaware town, shoved her into the trunk and drove around for two days with the woman locked inside, police said Thursday.

The harrowing ordeal started about 11 a.m. Monday, when Margaret E. Smith left her home in rural Lincoln to go get some lunch. Outside the Chicken Man eatery in nearby Milford, Del., the girls approached Smith and asked her for a ride to Lincoln, according to the Delaware State Police.

Smith agreed, but back in Lincoln, the girls demanded her car keys, state police said. Smith refused, but the girls wrestled them from her, forced her into her car trunk and drove off with her trapped inside.

Her family reported her missing at 9 p.m. Tuesday, and state police issued a Gold Alert, a notification issued when seniors and disabled persons are missing - similar to the Amber Alert.

The girls stole more than $500 from her coat pocket and, for two days, drove around with Smith in the trunk. They finally released her early Wednesday in a cemetery just east of Seaford, Del. A cemetery visitor found her there, wandering around the graves, at 8:20 a.m. Confused and suffering from exposure, she was treated and released from Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

Wednesday night, troopers found and stopped Smith's car in Bridgeville, Del. A 14-year-old from Milford was driving with a 15-year-old Milford girl and three juvenile boys from Bridgeville, ages 17, 17 and 15, as passengers, police said.

Investigators aren't sure when the boys got in the car, but "at one point, the boys observed the woman in the trunk and did nothing about it," said Master Cpl. Gary E. Fournier, a state police spokesman. Troopers also haven't determined what the teens did during the two days they had the car, but they did spend one night at a Seaford hotel, Fournier added.

The girls were jailed on $122,000 bail each, charged with robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and conspiracy. The older boys were jailed on $27,000 bail each, charged with kidnapping, conspiracy and receiving stolen property. The younger boy was charged with conspiracy and receiving stolen property and jailed on $2,000 bail.


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