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Missing teens found in DeKalb County

Updated: Jul 2

From left, Ciolkosiz and Brink

A teen missing from Spring Hill, the focus of a TBI Endangered Child Alert, and a 16-year-old Indiana boy were found late Saturday night in DeKalb County.

The teens, Brooke Tabitha Ciolkosz, 17, of Spring Hill and Dawson Brink, 16, of Indiana were taken into custody after authorities tracked them from a cell phone ping. They were asleep in a tent near their white pickup truck which was stuck on an old logging trail off Parsley Road near Center Hill Lake. An AR-15 rifle, fully loaded 30 caliber pistol and a large amount of ammunition were also found there.

When Cioklosz went missing Saturday morning, Spring Hill police said Ciolkosz was believed to have left with Brink in a white 1996 Dodge Dakota with a possible Indiana license plate. The TBI said Brink took the truck from his home without permission and left with an AR-15, a handgun and a large amount of ammunition. Both teens were considered endangered.

Prior to their arrests, police said the last known possible location of the two was on Interstate 40 at 9 a.m. Saturday headed east bound approximately 30 miles west of Cookeville.

In a prepared statement, Sheriff Patrick Ray said a search began locally Saturday night after someone spotted a suspicious vehicle on Parsley Road. “A call came into Central Dispatch at 8:42 p.m. about a white pickup which had gone down a logging road and not come out," said Ray. "A deputy searched the area, but did not see or hear anything."

“At 11:30 p.m., Chief Deputy Robert Patrick and I (Sheriff Ray) began working with a detective from Spring Hill concerning the two runaways, identified as Ciolkosz and Brink, who were considered armed and dangerous."

"The teens were in a white Dodge Dakota pickup truck with Indiana tags, and they had in their possession an AR-15 rifle, a pistol and large amounts of ammo. The Spring Hill detective was also tracking the juveniles’ cell phone movements. Their phone pinged around the cell tower at Silver Point. Meanwhile, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Highway Patrol searched an area near Interstate 40 and on Tucker Ridge Road in Putnam County looking for the teens," added Ray.

“As Chief Deputy Patrick and I were in route to Parsley Road, Brink’s father called the Spring Hill detective and said he was on Parsley Road with the complainant who made the initial call about seeing a suspicious vehicle,” Ray continued. “I then contacted a Tennessee Highway Patrolman, who was also looking for the juveniles in Putnam County, to meet them."

“At 11:52 p.m., Chief Deputy Patrick, four members of the sheriff’s department, a Tennessee highway patrolman and I arrived on Parsley Road. After walking down a logging road that led to the lake, we found the white Dodge Dakota which was stuck. The juveniles were there asleep outside of the vehicle in a tent. They were awakened and taken into custody without incident. A fully loaded 40 caliber pistol and an AR-15 rifle were also recovered,” concluded Ray.

No local charges will be sought on the juveniles. LATEST

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