Turns out, detectives say two missing girls created a fake Face book page of a man claiming to be meeting up with them. Local law enforcement and even the FBI were searching for the girls from Cypress for a week. Investigators say now the truth is coming out.
According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office 14-year-old Kacie Watson created a fake Facebook page in the name of Shaun Hernandez. Investigators say there were messages back and forth with the girl and this Hernandez saying things like 'ok let's meet in San Antonio'.
Well, when the 14 year old and her 16 year old best friend Liana Andrews went missing August 17, 2013 that Shaun Hernandez page was discovered, the parents told police and law enforcement went searching for the girls as "endangered runaways".
Community activist Deric Muhammad put pressure on local law enforcement when Watson and Andrews went missing to do more to find them. "My main objective was to help these two families find out where their children were," explains Muhammad.
When that Shaun Hernandez Facebook page was found the families feared the girls were in serious trouble and Muhammad stood by their side in a news conference. Now that Harris County Sheriff's investigators say the girls created a fake Facebook page and there never was a strange man corresponding with the girls does Muhammad regret his assistance?
"When the girls were found I was elated that they were found alive and not somewhere off in a ditch without life. So to answer your question that is how I felt when the girls were found," says Muhammad.
Harris County investigators say the girls journals indicate they had been planning to run away for some time and travel across Texas and to Denver. In fact, according to detectives the girls were supposed to leave two weeks before they did but the 16-year-old's mom's car broke down. Once it was fixed deputies say the girls stole the car and drove to San Antonio where, parked onTthe Riverwalk, a license plate reader spotted the car as stolen and it was towed but the girls were nowhere in sight.
"I'm too happy that they were found alive to be disappointed that they may have misled us. When does helping two families find their missing children become a waste of resources?" asks Muhammad.
The girls were eventually found outside a Walmart Saturday after employees reported to police two kids panhandling. Some say sheriff's officers and FBI agents searching for two runaways with the belief a man from Facebook may have harmed them was a huge waste of resources.
"If the girls had been found in a ditch somewhere dismembered by some psychopath would the sheriff's department now say those were wisely used resources?" Muhammad asks.
Harris County investigators say no one is expected to be charged in this case. Detectives remind parents it's a good idea to regularly check your child's social media pages, text messages and email.