A Sag Harbor native and her husband, both of whom went missing from their Marine stations in California on March 31, turned themselves in to authorities in North Carolina on Saturday.
Both had been scheduled to be deployed to Iraq later this year.
Lance Corporal Maggie McMahon, 20, and her husband, Private George “Kevyn” Reid, 22, were transported to the San Diego International Airport on Tuesday after turning themselves in at the Guilford County Jail in Greensboro, North Carolina. Police and naval investigators had originally launched a criminal investigation after reports from Ms. McMahon’s family suggested that she might have been abducted by her husband.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) called off the search for the couple on April 9, after video footage surfaced of the pair shopping at a convenience store in Hazelwood, Missouri. That same day, family members told NCIS they spoke with Ms. McMahon on the telephone.
After the footage surfaced, the disappearances of Ms. McMahon and Mr. Reid were classified as “unauthorized absences,” the Navy and Marine equivalent of “absent without leave,” or AWOL.
Ms. McMahon, who had been stationed at Camp Pendleton, has returned to work. She has not yet been charged with any violations or crimes. Her husband is being held at a military jail at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station because authorities there have deemed him a flight risk, though he has not been charged with any crimes.
Ms. McMahon’s sister, Heather McMahon of Mastic, told Newsday last week that her sister had been unaware of all the media attention her disappearance caused while she was traveling.
The family has not returned calls for comment since the footage was discovered.
The NCIS and the Escondido Police Department became involved in the case after initial reports from Ms. McMahon’s family that the couple had been fighting.
NCIS spokesman Ed Buice said in a release last week that the criminal investigation had continued until last Wednesday evening “out of an abundance of caution.”