Mother, son arrested in Vancouver runaway teen case

Mother, son arrested in Vancouver runaway teen case
Isabella Castillo

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A woman and her 17-year-old son lied to detectives and harbored a runaway girl, according to police in Vancouver.

Lori M. Kingrey was arrested on Wednesday, accused of hiding 16-year-old Isabella Castillo after she ran away from home. The crime is known as “unlawful harboring of a minor.

Her 17-year-old son faces a similar juvenile charge.

Castillo had been missing for more than two weeks by the time she was found safe on Tuesday. During their search, detectives approached Kingrey and her son to ask where Castillo might be, according to Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp.

Kingrey and her son lied to detectives and said they didn’t know where Castillo was, according to Kapp. Investigators said Castillo was later found in Kingrey’s house.

“Both had the opportunity to inform detectives of what they knew,” Kapp said. “They did not do that and we came back later and it all kind of came out.”

In Washington, it is illegal to provide shelter to a minor without their parent’s permission and then not tell a law enforcement officer about it when asked. The crime is a gross misdemeanor.