Robert Louis Messer and Emily Nicole Lalinsky
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (GANNETT MICHIGAN) - A 15-year-old girl and the 37-year-old man she ran away with were found Tuesday, police said.
Emily Nicole Lalinsky and Robert Louis Messer were found in a Salem Township field about 3 p.m. Both had superficial, self-inflicted wounds, said Plymouth Township police Lt. Cal Lauria, who described the wounds as non life-threatening.
Lalinsky was taken to a hospital for treatment, and Messer, who lives in Salem Township, is in police custody pending charges, he said. He did not say what charges Messer could be facing.
Lalinsky and Messer, who was a family friend, vanished Sunday after writing a note saying they were in love.
Lalinsky's mother, Lisa Schwartz, said Messer picked her daughter up at 8 a.m. Sunday to go hiking in Ann Arbor, something the pair did often. She said Messer, whom the family met through church, had been a friend for nearly a decade.
Schwartz said Monday that her daughter and Messer said they didn't want to leave but felt they had to.
"Try not to be sad and don't blame yourself," she said Lalinsky wrote. "Nothing could have been done. I love you."