Written by Dave Blanks
Monday, 23 April 2007 07:13
Authorities are searching for two young girls who may have
fled a house fire in a pickup truck early Saturday morning.
One of the
children, 10-year-old Shania Marie Osborne, was staying at the home of
13-year-old Tabitha Ashley Price.
Price’s parents noticed that a fire had broken out shortly before 2 a.m.
Prices told authorities the fire was coming from their daughter’s room and that
flames were on the bed and curtains. Johnson County firefighters and Emergency
Medical Services responded. The cause of the fire was not given. After
firefighters extinguished the blaze, the rubble was searched for the two girls
but no one was found. Investigators said the girls were last seen watching a
movie in the living room of the residence when the Prices went to bed. Later,
it was noticed that a silver 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck was missing from
the residence. The owner of the truck had parked it there earlier and gave the
keys to the Prices, according to the sheriff’s office. Melissa Price said her
daughter may have taken the keys and left before the fire. The sheriff’s office
said Tabitha Price has a history of running away from home. Local law
enforcement agencies were asked to be on the lookout for the girls. The Titan
pickup truck has a club cab and a Tennessee registration with a plate number of