UPDATE, 3:45 p.m. Monday, January 6: The search for Taylor continues. There has still been no word from Taylor and she was not in school today. Baker has family in Oregon, and there is now concern Taylor may be there or trying to get there.
On condition of anonymity, a person familiar with the circumstances behind 15-year-old Taylor Cromwell's running away from home on New Years Day said it stemmed from an argument Taylor and her mother, Laura Cromwell, in which Taylor was forbidden to see her "boyfriend," a 19-year-old Bonners Ferry man who allegedly had sex with her last summer when she was 14.
Andrew Baker, Moyie Springs, was convicted of sexual battery September 3, 2019, for an incident that occurred March 6, 2019. He was sentenced to 16 hours on the sheriff's inmate labor program in lieu of jail with judgment withheld. His unsupervised probation is in effect until September 2, 2020.
He is also on probation for misdemeanor DUI.
Taylor's family has been searching, but as of 9 p.m. today, they've found no trace of Taylor, and they think she may be hiding with Baker. Her parents believe she is still in the Naples/Bonners Ferry/Troy area.
Taylor is five-feet, five-inches tall, weighs about 135 pounds and has an athletic build. She has brown hair and brown eyes.
She is loved and missed by her mom and dad, her brothers and sisters and the rest of her family.
Anyone who has information or knows where Taylor is should call the Boundary County Sheriff's Office, (208) 267-3151, extension 0, her mother, Laura Cromwell (208) 946-8197, or her step-father, Steve Munson, (208) 603-0528.