MAYPEARL, Texas —
Pottawatomie County Undersheriff J.T. Palmer said Chaffin had a history of running away.
“We were taking a calculated risk of violating state law in putting (Chaffin’s) name out,” Palmer said. “We had to get mom and dad’s written permission to even release his picture yesterday and we did that in a time frame as quick as we thought we could.
“You don’t want to jump too quick. He’s a runaway and he has a history of running away before.”
The teens lived about a mile apart in Bethel Acres but authorities had no idea the two were together when Chaffin was reported missing, Palmer said, adding that King was not reported missing.
“We didn’t actually know there was a second one until we got the call from Ellis County, Texas, that two suspects were killed,” Palmer said.