Missing woman turns up, may be charged
A Grand Junction woman who may have misled her roommate, then left her 6-year-old daughter with the roommate for days before being reported missing, may face criminal charges from the episode, the Grand Junction Police Department said Thursday.
Authorities determined Andrea Thinelk, 27, had been staying with different friends in the Grand Junction area and detectives got a tip that she might return home to collect some of her belongings. Officers were waiting when she showed up Thursday afternoon.
“When detectives spoke with Thinelk she said she was not aware that she had been reported missing,” police said.
She had left home on her own accord, police said.
Thinelk was reported missing by her roommate on Monday and was reportedly last seen Friday cashing a check at Walmart, 2881 North Ave.
Thinelk told her roommate she planned to buy bus tickets to South Dakota for herself and her daughter, police have said.
Friends and family thought it suspicious that Thinelk would leave behind her daughter with her roommate for days without telling her roommate where she was.
Police spokeswoman Kate Porras said Thinelk’s daughter was with family members as of Thursday night.
“We are still investigating to determine if she (mother) will face any charges,” Porras said.