Meghan Lose, 16, was located and is safe, according to Ferguson Township police.
Lose, a State College Area High School student, had been missing since Tuesday and was considered a runaway by police. Alexander F. Bucknavage, 18, of State College, faces charges in connection with her disappearance.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Ferguson Township police, Lose and Bucknavage have a known history of running off together, noting that she was reported missing by her parents on Aug. 9. She was located with Bucknavage the next day and he was reportedly advised that if she leaves the area with him again, he could be arrested.
Lose again reportedly left her home in the early morning hours of Aug. 26 to meet with Bucknavage, police said.
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Lose’s parents reported her missing on Tuesday, police said, saying she was most likely with Bucknavage. Bucknavage’s father was contacted on Wednesday, but reported not seeing his son that day.
Police issued a news release later that day.
On Wednesday, officers received a call from an employee of the Atherton Hotel in State College advising that a male and female had checked in the previous day under the name Alexander Bucknavage, police said. He reportedly recognized Lose from the news release, but they had checked out that day at about 12:30 p.m.
Officers later received a call advising Lose and Bucknavage may be at the Northland Motel, police said. They were located leaving the Rite Aid along North Atherton Street in Ferguson Township where Bucknavage was taken into custody.
According to police, he told officers he went to State College High School to meet with Lose during her lunch period, but was told by security to leave school property and not return. He later reportedly returned to the school and rode the bus with her.
Bucknavage told police they exited the bus in the Foxpointe neighborhood and went to the Atherton Hotel, police said, where he rented a room. The next day, he reportedly said, they went to the Northland Motel.
He allegedly advised officers he did know her parents were expecting her to be home from school Tuesday, police said, and also remembered being warned by police on Aug. 10.
Bucknavage was arraigned Wednesday night before District Judge Steven Lachman, according to court documents, and charged with a felony count of concealing the whereabouts of a child and a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors. Straight monetary bail was set at $5,000 and he was taken to the Centre County Correctional Facility.
A preliminary hearing is slated for Sept. 13.