WILLIAMSTON, South Carolina (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) — At about 11 p.m. Tuesday night Williamston Police Captain J. Grubbs confirmed that Sheena Colleen Pierce, who went missing August 19, showed up at her grandfather’s doorstep on Ridgecrest Drive in Anderson County late Tuesday night.
“She is home, safe and sound,” Cpt. Grubbs said. “She has told family members that she just needed to go off and take a little time to herself. She has not committed any criminal acts, so there will be no charges tonight. We are just glad she is safe, and we will be speaking with her first thing Wednesday morning.”
Sheena is the mother of a 5-year-old little girl. On August 19 she was seen entering a silver SUV outside her home. There were at least two people inside the SUV at the time – a driver and someone in the back seat. She was not seen or heard from again until Tuesday night.
Capt. Grubbs told joltleft.com earlier Tuesday that while there were no signs of foul play, police were proceeding with caution because of the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.
Police wasted no time and interviewed Sheena’s friends, family, acquaintances, and co-workers. They all told police they didn’t believe she’d leave her little girl or her family.
Soon after she disappeared Sheena sent her stepfather, Jerry Allen, several text messages from her cell phone. In one text she told him she was in the mountains. Allen said the wording of the texts she sent was different from other texts she’d sent in the past which caused him to fear someone else might have sent them.
Allen said he became concerned last Thursday when Sheena’s phone stopped ringing and went straight to voice-mail. Capt. Grubbs said in a phone conversation Tuesday that U.S. Marshalls were assisting their department in tracking the GPS on Sheena’s phone.
Sheena was reported missing on Sunday and by Tuesday evening her story had made national headlines. Capt. Grubbs discussed Sheena’s disappearance on HLN’s Nancy Grace Show.
IndependentMail.com reported Tuesday evening that it was not clear where Sheena was staying for the past two weeks or why she’d leave her daughter behind.
While some people are angry tonight that Sheena didn’t contact her family to let them know she was safe, one woman shared another perspective in her comment to the IndependentMail.com article: “I’m happy this young mother was alive. It would have been horrible if they had found a body and her daughter had to grow up without a mother. This case even made the national news (Nancy Grace) tonight. I know the family is relieved tonight. God bless this family and their happy ending.”
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