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Arrest made in case of missing teens; Porter County cops locate burned out car
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Arrest made in case of missing teens; Porter County cops locate burned out car

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Thomas M. Grill and Molley R. Lanham

Thomas M. Grill Jr., 18, of Cedar Lake, and Molley R. Lanham, 19, of St. John

A suspect is in custody in the case of two missing Lake County teenagers after police located a burned out car in south Porter County Saturday, police there said.

The Porter County Sheriff's Department and Valparaiso police now are working with the St. John and Cedar Lake police departments in the case of the teens, who were last seen Feb. 25.

Porter County detectives declined to elaborate on who has been taken into custody in the case, noting more information would be released "when formal charges are filed."

Thomas M. Grill Jr., 18, of Cedar Lake, and Molley R. Lanham, 19, of St. John, were reported missing by their families last week, prompting the St. John Police Department to open an investigation.

Grill and Lanham were believed to possibly be traveling in a black 2012 Honda Civic four-door with Indiana license plate RY9007, police said.

It was possible they could be in Valparaiso or the New Lenox, Illinois, areas, St. John Detective Cmdr. Steve Flores said late last week.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts should contact the St. John Indiana Police Department at 219-365-6035 or the Cedar Lake Police Department at 219-374-5416.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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