Lalinsky (Lisa Schwartz photos)
A missing 15-year-old Plymouth girl and a 37-year-old man she ran away with on Sunday have been found, the girl’s mother said Tuesday.
Lisa Schwartz on Tuesday night said her daughter, Emily Nicole Lalinsky, was doing fine and is expected to leave the hospital, where she was taken after she and Robert Louis Messer were found.
Media reports Tuesday said police found Emily and Messer with self-inflicted wounds in a Washtenaw County field. The two had been missing since Sunday.
The injuries reportedly were minor. Messer was treated and arrested by police, according to reports.
When asked via text message if she was relieved her daughter was coming home and Messer was behind bars, Schwartz said: “You betcha.”
She also summed up the ordeal by saying: “It is a parent’s worst nightmare.”
Messer had been a friend of Schwartz’s family for more than a decade, she said Monday.
“He was like a brother to me,” she said. “We helped each other through some really tough times, like when he got divorced last year.”
On Sunday, she received a phone call from Messer’s mother telling her Emily and Messer ran away to be together, according to Schwartz.
“It basically said that they’re in love and that it has to be this way,” she said.
Emily and Messer left their cellphones and anything that could be used to contact them, said officials with the Plymouth Township Police Department on Monday. Officials also said the two had no money.
Earlier Sunday, Emily had asked her mother for permission to go hiking and take photographs in Ann Arbor with Messer, she said.
Later, Schwartz contacted police after seeing the note announcing that were leaving.