Boone County Sheriff Danny Hickman reports that on Sunday, July 17th, Sergeant Calvin Dees and Deputy Justin Dearing received information from the Webster County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Department that a 13 year old female runaway, was in the Lead Hill area of Boone County and requested assistance in her locating her.
This juvenile female had been featured in local media and because of contacts she had made prior to running away it was feared she might be in serious danger. Sgt. Dees and Deputy Dearing began locating family members of the person she was suspected of being with and arranged for her safe return.
The juvenile female was not injured in the incident and told authorities she initiated contact with a man in Lead Hill, Bradley Berscheid, 21 years of age. She also told them she lied to Berscheid about her age and would have ran away from him if she knew he was going to turn her over to authorities. Berscheid cooperated with authorities and no charges are expected to be filed in the incident.