Skip to main content
CNN EditionWorld
The Web     
Powered by
powered by Yahoo!

Families appeal to missing pair

Studabaker, Pennington
Studabaker and Pennington flew from Manchester to Paris.

Story Tools

start quoteHe wanted to go over and find out exactly what her feelings were and see what she wanted to do -- continue a relationship forward, or back it off.end quote
-- Leo Studabaker
• July 11, Studabaker flies from Detroit to the Netherlands. He then flies on to Manchester 
• July 12, Studabaker and Pennington meet at Manchester airport 
• The couple take a flight to London Heathrow, arriving around 1700 GMT 
• The pair board at flight from Heathrow to Paris Charles de Gaulle, arriving at 1900 GMT 
• The trail goes cold 
Do Internet chatrooms need more regulation?

LONDON, England (CNN) -- The families of a 12-year-old British girl and a 31-year-old former U.S. Marine missing for three days urged the pair to contact them.

Shevaun Pennington and Toby Studabaker had a year-long relationship on the Internet before they boarded a flight from London's Heathrow Airport to Paris on Saturday, prompting fears for the girl's safety.

Later on Tuesday French police on Tuesday said the girl returned to the UK from France without the former Marine. (Full story)

British police said an "S. Pennington" arrived in Liverpool with a party of five on a "pre-booked" flight but it was unclear if it is the same girl and her wherabouts remain unknown, police said.

Shevaun's parents, Stephen, 43, and Joanna, 42, pleaded with their daughter to come home or to let them know she was safe.

"She loves punk rock and spends loads of her spare time on the computer, we keep it in the kitchen and knew she was talking to people online, but didn't know there was anyone in particular," Mr. Pennington said.

Mrs. Pennington wept as she begged her daughter to come home. "Please we just want you back, we're not angry with you, we love you very much and just want you to come home."

Shevaun, from Greater Manchester in northern England, was reported missing by her parents on Saturday night after she disappeared early that morning.

A search of her belongings and computer files revealed she had been corresponding on the Internet with ex-U.S. Marine Studabaker, who left the military last month.

"They were aware she was chatting to numerous people through the chat lines from other countries, but they were of the opinion it was still her own age group," Mason said.

Studabaker's brother Leo said Toby Studabaker said he did not think the girl was in any danger with his brother, but urged them to contact authorities wherever they are.

"The only reason why I have decided to do this interview with CNN is because they are worldwide," he told CNN's American Morning.

"I'm hoping that Toby sees this and he will go to the nearest consulate or embassy -- contact the local authorities, whatever -- so we can get this straightened out."

Studabaker said Shevaun had told his brother that she was a 19-year-old college student.

"He thought they were getting serious," Leo Studabaker said. "He wanted to go over and find out exactly what her feelings were and see what she wanted to do -- continue a relationship forward, or back it off."

Studabaker said he took his brother, whose wife died last year, to the Detroit airport on Friday to catch a plane to Europe. He said the FBI has contacted his family and has taken a computer Toby Studabaker occasionally used.

"He used our computer a couple of times," Leo Studabaker said. "We did give that up so they can see if they can't get any type of information off of that."

Story Tools
Subscribe to Time for $1.99 cover
Top Stories
Iran poll to go to run-off
Top Stories
CNN/Money: Security alert issued for 40 million credit cards

International Edition
CNN TV CNN International Headline News Transcripts Advertise With Us About Us
   The Web     
Powered by
© 2005 Cable News Network LP, LLLP.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us.
external link
All external sites will open in a new browser. does not endorse external sites.
 Premium content icon Denotes premium content.
Add RSS headlines.