June 24, 2016

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Runaway girl, 15, of Medina, expected home soon

MEDINA — A 15-year-old girl who police say ran away with a 22-year-old man is expected back home soon.

Jessica Kollar and Maxwell Leibsla are being held in Florida on misdemeanor charges accusing them of giving police false names.

Jessica Kollar

The couple were arrested Feb. 2 by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies.

Kollar was reported missing by her family after being last seen on Jan. 24. The girl had contacted friends saying she was OK, but she refused to say where she was.

“She’ll be back next week,” Medina Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said.

Berarducci said the girl is expected to face juvenile probation violation charges.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Leibsla on the charge of interference with custody, a first-degree misdemeanor that becomes a fifth-degree felony if the child is removed from the state, according to Medina Municipal Court records.

The chief said a Medina County grand jury is expected to take up the case Tuesday and Leibsla is expected to be returned to Ohio by Friday.

Berarducci credited Medina police detectives Amy Kerr and Mary Gross with tracking the couple to Akron; Miami, Fla.; and Lake Worth, in Palm Beach County, Fla.

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