The Edgartown Police Department search for Megan Donovan, a 15-year-old police believed to be a runaway, ended Wednesday morning when the young girl and her traveling companion, 20-year-old Gregory Mooney of Mashpee, were taken into custody by police in Wallingford, Conn.
On Friday, Edgartown Police posted the girl’s photo to the department’s Facebook page, and asked for the public’s help in locating her. She was spotted on Sunday, May 24, at the Kennedy Center Plaza in Providence, R.I.
Edgartown Police learned Tuesday night that Mr. Mooney had called a friend on the Cape at approximately 11 pm. Police obtained the phone number, and made contact with the owner of the phone, according to a press release.
“The owner of the phone told Edgartown Police that he had encountered a young couple at a local diner in Wallingford, Conn., and the male asked to borrow his phone to make a call. He said that the male, along with his female companion, had now taken off, running away from the diner. Edgartown Police then contacted the Wallingford, Conn., Police Department and requested assistance.”
Wallingford Police searched for the couple throughout the night without success. At approximately 10 am Wednesday morning, Wallingford officers located both Ms. Donovan and Mr. Mooney, and they were taken into custody, police said.
Ms. Donovan’s parents traveled to Wallingford that morning to reunite with their daughter.
Gregory Mooney faces charges in the Wallingford jurisdiction of larceny (shoplifting) and risk of injury to a minor.
Edgartown Lieut. Chris Dolby said Mr. Mooney faces additional charges in Massachusetts pending the results of the open investigation.
Lieutenant Dolby said the Edgartown Police Department was grateful to the Wallingford Police Department and the other numerous agencies and citizens who assisted with the search for Megan Donovan.