EXCLUSIVE: Missing Girl Speaks About Why She Ran Away

By: Kristen Schneider, Amanda Barren Email
By: Kristen Schneider, Amanda Barren Email
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UPDATE 8/8/14 @ 11:23 p.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- "This is my little girl," said David Fields. "She always will be."

A rush of emotions swept through the parents of 12-year-old Destiny Fields, knowing their baby girl had come back home.

"Wondering if you're going to find her alive or dead," remembered Fields. "There's no way to describe it until you've gone through it."

Destiny disappeared Thursday night. Search parties spent hours looking for her, before she returned on her own Friday afternoon.

However, after hugs and kisses were exchanged, questions followed, both from parents as well as police. First and foremost, 'Why did she run away?'

"It seemed like ever since me and my sister showed up they've {mom and stepdad} just been fighting and everything, so I thought if I just went away it was going to make everything perfect," Destiny.

Scared, crying, and shaking, Destiny ran off to Rite Aid, looking for a safe haven.

She borrowed a woman's cell phone to call friends, but they wouldn't let her come over. In stepped Bryan Milton, a total stranger

"I said, 'I have nowhere else to go,' then he heard me say that and he offered me to go with him," remembered Destiny.

The two rode back to Milton's place in Cross Lanes. Destiny said she did not feel in danger.

"He said that when he was little he had gone through the same thing," said Destiny, "that he ran away a couple of times so he knew what I was going through and he was just there to help."

Destiny says she slept on the couch while Milton slept upstairs. She insists nothing inappropriate happened.

"He treated me like I was his own daughter," said Destiny. "He was really nice."

Friday, she says it came time for her to return to her family. Milton drove her back.

"It was kinda scary because I didn't know what was going to happen," Destiny said.

That was a feeling shared by all -- one thankfully now replaced by happiness.



UPDATE 8/8/14 @ 9:50 p.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man was arrested Friday night in connection with the case of a 12-year-old girl who was missing for more than 24 hours, Nitro Police say.

Bryan Milton, 35, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was arrested at his home in Cross Lanes, West Virginia.

Destiny Fields, 12, was dropped off across the street from her home on Main Avenue in Nitro. She was found earlier Friday.

Police said Destiny was not hurt. Officers say Destiny left her home Thursday afternoon of her own will. She was taken to a psychiatrist who specializes in childhood behavior as a precaution and is expected to be home with her family afterward.

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UPDATE 8/8/14 @ 6:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 12-year-old missing girl has been found safe in Nitro.

Police tell WSAZ.com Destiny Fields has been found safe. She was dropped off across the street from her home on Main Avenue in Nitro. Police say a man in his 30s dropped her off.

Nitro Police will not comment on if the man was with Destiny while she was missing for more than 24 hours.

Nitro Police say they acted on a tip from a caller, saying they spotted a man and Destiny in a truck together driving on Main Avenue. Police say the man, whose name isn't being released, dropped Destiny off and waited for police to get to the scene. They say he cooperated with police and was released. Police say charges against the man are pending, and their investigation is ongoing.

According to police, Destiny was not hurt. Police say Destiny left her home Thursday afternoon of her own will. She was taken to a psychiatrist who specializes in childhood behavior as a precaution and is expected to be home with her family afterward.

Destiny's mother, Miranda Ryan, told WSAZ.com on Friday, she and her daughter got into a fight the day before she went missing. Miranda says her daughter was not the type to run off and was a great student and well-behaved girl. She says their priority was Destiny's safe return home and she wouldn't be in trouble.

Tips continued to pour into the Nitro Police Department, and officers checked local businesses surveillance during her time missing. Officers thank WSAZ viewers for providing tips during the time Destiny was missing.

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UPDATE 8/8/14 3:53 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 12-year-old girl missing since 10:30 Thursday morning has been found safe.

Nitro Police confirm that Destiny Fields has been located.

No other information was immediately available.

As soon as more information is available we will post it here.

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ORIGINAL STORY
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are searching for a missing 12-year-old girl in Nitro.

Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies tell WSAZ.com Destiny Fields, 12, was reported missing from her home in Nitro about 3 p.m. Thursday.

They say she has no history of running away and they are concerned about her safety.

Detectives with the Nitro Police Department and the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation are searching for her.

They ask anyone with information on Destiny's whereabouts to call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip online by clicking the link to your right.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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