UPDATE, Aug. 27: Authorities say that 16-year-old Marley McKenna Spindler has been found safe 90 miles from home.

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A desperate search is under way for a South Carolina teenager who disappeared before her first day of school.

Marley McKenna Spindler, 16, was last seen on the morning of Aug. 20 after breakfast at a Chick-Fil-A. She texted her friends that she was going to pick up her 22-year-old friend Jeremy and then drop him at his home before heading to class, but the teen never showed up to Socastee High School.

Spindler’s aunt told NBC News that the missing teen sent her friends a text that morning, claiming that someone was following her. Her friends thought she was joking, Spindler’s aunt said.

Police say that they’ve found Jeremy and that he is not a person of interest. They say they do not suspect foul play in connection with Spindler's disappearance.

The teen withdrew less than $100 from her bank account that morning, according to NBC News. Her phone was found abandoned in the parking lot of Ocean Reef Resort.

Spindler, described as 5-foot-8 and 100 pounds with light brown hair and hazel eyes, is believed to be driving her 2002 silver Ford Escape (license plate no. KF1776).


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