Suzanne Twomey, a 16-year-old Irish girl who spent 10...

NEW YORK -- Suzanne Twomey, a 16-year-old Irish girl who spent 10 days as a stowaway aboard a U.S. destroyer, flew Thursday from New York to her native Ireland despite her wish to remain in the United States.

Twomey, flown earlier in the day in Navy custody from North Carolina to New York, took off from Kennedy International Airport aboard Pan American World Airways Flight 32 at 10:42 p.m., an airline spokeswoman said. The flight was expected to arrive in Shannon shortly after 9 a.m. local time.


Five sailors remained in the brig in Norfolk, Va., for allegedly helping her hide in a narrow locker aboard the warship.

Five sailors remained in the brig in Norfolk, Va., for allegedly helping her hide in a narrow locker aboard the warship.

The Navy is considering the case against the sailors 'very seriously,' said Lt. Cmdr. John Lloyd of the Atlantic Fleet. The Navy would not comment on whether the sailors had mistreated the girl.

A naval magistrate will review the sailors' case this week, Lloyd said. The Navy has not identified the sailors.

Suzanne was released into the custody of Naval Investigative Service agents at a Wake County, N.C., Juvenile Court hearing. The county assumed custody of the stowaway Wednesday night, when she was released from a Raleigh, N.C., hospital. She had been sent to the hospital after getting sick on the first leg of her journey home.


After the hearing in Raleigh, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Frank Jackson said the girl, who had spent the night at the county detention center, was in good spirits. She did not want to return home, Jackson said.

'She seemed cheerful, but she said she didn't really want to go home,' he said, 'but wanted to come back to the United States some day. We said fine as long as she did so legally.'

However, she seemed annoyed when news reporters and photographers surrounded her as she stepped off a Pan American jetliner at Kennedy Airport Thursday afternoon.

The frowning Twomey, who has dark hair and an olive complexion, wore a white 'Camp Beverly Hills' sweatshirt, blue slacks, with white sneakers and socks as she was escorted to an off-limits area in the Pan Am terminal by an unidentified man and woman dressed in civilian clothes.

Asked if she ever imagined she would create such a stir when she decided to stow away on the ship, the girl snapped, 'No. Get away from me.'

When news photographers persisted, she said, 'I don't want no pictures taken. This is stupid.'

In Ireland, authorities described the teenager's life as traumatic, resembling a Charles Dickens novel.


'She's sort of a waif, if you like. She would have been living rough,' a Dublin police officer told The Washington Post.

Suzanne, of Hollyville in County Cork, Ireland, wanted to come to America to find a job and had tried to escape her homelife before, running away a few years ago and 'living on her wits' in Ireland and London, another source told the newspaper.

In Ireland, police sources told United Press International that only 10 days before boarding the U.S. ship, she had returned home after running away to Spain. Neighbors of the girl described her as hyperactive.

Her parents, John and Christine Twomey, said they were shocked by the news of their daughter's trip to America and said they were considering legal action against U.S. authorities. They said she may have been encouraged to board the destroyer.

Suzanne slipped aboard the guided-missile destroyer Conyngham while it was docked in Cobh, Ireland, after training exercises.

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