November 06, 2011

Amanda Cooney - Teacher - Jailed After Fleeing State With 16-Year-Old Student

Riverside, Ohio (The Weekly Vice) - Amanda Cooney, a 25-year-old teacher at Okaloosa Academy Charter School in Fort Walton Beach, Florida has been jailed after she was caught in Ohio with a missing 16-year-old student.

According to Riverside Police, an officer was patrolling the area around a Days Inn motel in Riverside Friday when he came upon a suspect vehicle.

"Quite honestly (it had) quite a bit of stuff inside it, almost like a hoarder," stated Deputy Police Chief, Michael Brown.

A check of the vehicle's license tag number revealed that its owner, Amanda Cooney, was wanted by police in her hometown of Crestview, Florida. The warrants also warned that the suspect might be armed and dangerous.

With that information, investigators checked the vehicle owner's room and found the absconding teacher. Also found inside the room was a 16-year-old student who was reported missing a few days earlier.

Cooney first came to police attention in Crestview after a missing person's report had been filed on the missing 16-year-old student.

Cooney reportedly left work last Tuesday stating that she had been called to pick up her children from school. When school administrators checked, they discovered that Cooney hadn't picked up her children.

When Cooney failed to show up for work on Wednesday and Thursday, they checked her classroom and discovered a note on her desk that announced her resignation. In the note, she apologized for quitting so abruptly.

Charges against Cooney have not yet been announced by Montgomery County authorities, however she has been charged with interfering with a missing child in Shalimar, Florida and must answer several outstanding warrants in Crestview. It is not yet known when Cooney will be extradited back to Florida, however the teen is expected to be sent back to Florida sometime this week.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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