DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — After locating Kendell Morgan Sanders, 16, the Dothan Police Department is responding to criticism over how it handled the case.
Sanders was reported missing Monday afternoon, but by Tuesday morning, she had been located safe in North Carolina.
Also on Tuesday morning, Dothan PD posted to Facebook saying that false information on social media had resulted in public confusion about the case.
“There were posts put on social media that were stating that she was abducted by an unknown person in an unknown car and none of that was true,” Captain Will Benny said. “We knew who she was with and we knew what vehicle she was traveling in.”
Police said the decision to keep some information confidential allowed them to work behind-the-scenes to try to solve the case faster.
“We can’t say we know who she’s with on social media because they have access to social media, too,” Benny said. “There (are) things we need to keep to us so they don’t know we know.”
Benny said one of the most important things that the community can do in these types of situations is to wait for official information from law enforcement.
“Like the police department, like the sheriff’s department, like the Alabama Fusion Center,” Benny said. “Those are the things you can take as facts.”
When there is a missing person alert, the public is urged to stay up-to-date for any changes in the situation.