Missing Asheville teens found safe, charged in investigation

Winston Eccleston (left) and Lacey Mathews
Winston Eccleston (left) and Lacey Mathews

Two teens missing from Asheville were found safe at a campsite in Pisgah National Forest, according to the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.

17-year-old Winston Eccleston and 17-year-old Lacey Mathews were found at a remote campsite in Transylvania County, Friday evening. Both were in good condition when they were found.

Both were reported missing by a family members on March 11. However, both teens have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse as a result of an ongoing investigation, according to officials with the Woodfin Police Department.

Both Eccleston and Mathews were transported to the Buncombe County Detention Center where they are being held on bond.

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