Police arrest 2 women linked to missing child investigation, 3rd suspect remains at large

Crime & Safety

CORRECTION: The photo of Gwendolyn Smith, 46, pictured left, has been updated. An earlier version of this article included a photo of another person with the same name. The Chatham County Police Department has since issued a correction regarding the photo.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Chatham County Police Department (CCPD) arrested two women in connection with the case of a 12-year-old runaway who went missing in May.

Gwendolyn Smith, 46 and Denasha Jones, 18, face charges of Contributing to the Delinquency, Unruliness, or Deprivation of a Minor; Obstructing or Hindering Law Enforcement Officers, and Interference with Custody.

Christina Cochran, 12, was reported as a runaway on May 17. Police located Christina ten days later on May 27.

According to CCPD, detectives believe Smith, Jones, and Andy Steward, 51, knew the 12-year-old’s whereabouts during local authorities’ search for the girl and took specific actions to keep law enforcement from locating her.

Police continue to search for Steward who faces charges of Contributing to the Delinquency, Unruliness, or Deprivation of a Minor; Obstructing or Hindering Law Enforcement Officers, and one count of Interference with Custody. 

CCPD asks anyone who has information on Steward’s location to call CCPD detectives at 912-651-4717.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories