Police in Louisiana are no longer hunting for three young girls who went missing from their homes on Thursday evening – after they apparently boasted about their disappearance on social media, calling it ‘hide and seek’.
Jandi Hughes, 16; Anna Barker, 14; and 12-year-old Olivia Carrier disappeared on Spur Drive in Denham Springs, Louisiana, around midnight on Thursday.
All three were found safe on Friday, confirmed Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office whose officers worked to find the girls before the extreme cold weather set in.
Livingston Parish Sheriffs’ Office had issued an appeal for information, saying: ‘No foul play is suspected. But, due to the pending dip in temperatures, we are hoping to locate them as soon as possible.’
On Facebook, however, people shared screenshots they said were the girls taunting the police, and mocking the search.
Beneath the post, one person wrote: ‘They are having fun with this. Claiming they are in Texas.’
Olivia replied: ‘yeah we did it’s called hide and seek.’
Others shared SnapChat messages from the girls.
‘Say we all the way in Texas,’ wrote Olivia.
Denham Springs is 200 miles from the state line, without any passenger trains. A provisional driving license could be obtained at the age of 16 in the state, but a source told DailyMail.com the investigators are not convinced ‘they have the resources’ to drive to Texas.
In another post shared to Facebook, Anna apparently wrote: ‘Boy y’all f***** me up on ma runaway pic,’ with laughing emojis.
One woman wrote on Facebook: ‘Jandi is posting on snap currently from indoors stating they’re fb famous and also fine and don’t want to be found.’
Another added: ‘i have jandi on snapchat and she thinks that it’s a joke.’
One said: ‘Pretty sure they are all together. According to Jandi’s story, she won’t let anything happen to ‘her girls.’
And another commented: ‘That’s actually ridiculous. She’s 16, not their ‘protector’. I’d be so livid if I was these children’s parents.’
A spokesman for Livingston Parish Sheriffs told DailyMail.com they were aware of the social media posts, and detectives were investigating.