Police searching man involved in teen runaway

unnamedThe Sevier County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in tracking down a man wanted in connection of  a runaway teen from Sevier County.

According to Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals, Michalla A. McMahan, 17, was reported as a runaway on Nov. 29.  McMahan reportedly called her mother on Dec. 21 and the call was traced to a home in Penhook, Virginia. McMahan was taken into custody by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. She was placed into protective custody until her mother who took custody of the teen.

Detectives soon determined that Ryan D. Kelly, age 23, of 6616 Shannon Lane Knoxville had taken her to Virginia and dropped her off at the home of a relative. Warrants have been obtained for Kelly’s arrest for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and officers have been attempting to locate him. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kelly is asked to call the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 865-428-1899 or 865-453-4668.

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