April Fox never thought she would say it, but one of the best phone calls she has gotten came from police Wednesday. They were calling to tell her that her son was sitting in the back of a squad car in Rapid City, S.D.
“It was the best news I have ever heard in my entire life,” she said with a laugh. “I saw that ‘605’ number and thought ‘this is it.’”
Fox’s son, Malaky Refior, 13, and two other teens allegedly stole a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am sometime during the night a week ago and fled Gillette. The trio included Refior, his friend Clint Morman, 14, and a 15-year-old girl named Sammi Doan.
After being on the run for almost seven days, the group was spotted at the Rushmore Mall on Wednesday afternoon. It was there that the two boys were captured by police. Doan escaped and had not been found by press time Thursday.
They were “hanging out in the mall of all things,” Fox said.
Kayla Caylor, second cousin of Doan, described the girl as 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing about 90 pounds. She has black-and-pink hair and hazel eyes.
Caylor was relieved to hear that the boys had been found and that Doan was spotted, but still will worry as long as the girl is on the run.
The families of the three runaways have been searching for the group since they were reported missing Friday. And the only solid clue they had gotten during that time was when the boys’ cellphones were found in Sturgis, S.D.
At one point, Fox began searching an apartment complex in Gillette after she was told by friends that someone had seen Refior in Gillette.
According to Fox, the boys eventually will be brought back to Gillette, where they will face the music for their road trip.
In the meantime, she is ecstatic knowing that her son is safe.
“I don’t know the full story yet,” she said. “I thought ‘Oh, thank God.’”
And although Fox is resting easier knowing her son is safe, she doesn’t want anyone to forget that one of the three missing teens still is out there.
If you have any information about where the girl may be, call the Gillette Police Department at 682-5155.