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Tip: Missing girls might be in area

February 02, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A search for two missing Maryland teenagers went national last Saturday when "America's Most Wanted" aired a 15-second segment about the Montgomery County residents.

A national correspondent for the television show said that at least one tip received after the broadcast placed the pair in Hagerstown.

Rachel Smith, 16, of Potomac, and Rachel Crites, 18, of Gaithersburg, have been missing since Jan. 19.

The teenagers told their parents that they were going to see a movie in Georgetown that night and never returned, said Michelle Sigona, a national correspondent for "America's Most Wanted."

Authorities traced the girls' phone calls from Jan 19 to Charles Town, W.Va., and believe the girls could be in the Hagerstown or Baltimore area, Sigona said.

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Police do not suspect foul play, said Lucille Baur, public information officer for the Montgomery County Police Department.

"Police believe they left together of their own free will," Baur said.

A tip was called in from Hagerstown after the broadcast, Sigona said.

Some of the more-credible possible sightings have been in Baltimore and Hagerstown, Baur said.

"America's Most Wanted" is airing a longer segment about the missing teenagers Saturday, Sigona said.

Montgomery County investigators will be on hand during the show in case tips are called in to the hot line, Baur said.

Rachel Crites is a freshman in the nursing program at Montgomery Community College. Rachel Smith is a junior at Thomas S. Wooten High School in Rockville, Md.

Authorities believe the girls are traveling in a dark-blue 1997 Subaru Outback, with a Maryland tag number MBJ485, Sigona said.

Rachel Crites is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 110 pounds with brown, collar-length hair and brown eyes. Rachel Smith is 5 feet, 1 inch tall and 118 pounds with brown, collar-length hair and green eyes.




To see pictures of the missing teenagers, visit the "America's Most Wanted" Web site at http://www.amw.com/missing_persons.

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