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Missing girls from sleepover found: 12-year-old, 14-year-old ‘were runaways’

Missing girls sleepover found: 12-year-old and 14-year-old ‘were runaways’
Missing girls sleepover found: 12-year-old and 14-year-old ‘were runaways’
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The news that the two missing girls who had vanished during a sleepover were found safe by police within blocks of each other and close to their hometown, means a happy ending for the worried parents. However, the fact that 12-year-old Raylynn Bolt and 14-year-old Diana Tourdot were reportedly runaways, as described by KABC on Jan. 27, 2014, might have some less comfortable consequences for the two girls.

“Two missing Riverside girls were found in San Bernardino Monday night by San Bernardino police officers. The two girls were runaways last seen during a sleepover at a home in Riverside early Sunday.”

According to 12-year-old Raylynn Bolt’s father, Donald Bolt, his daughter was sleeping over at 14-year-old Diana Tourdot’s house on Saturday night. “Raylynn had been hanging out with Diana for about six weeks” and the two girls had been spending a lot of time together.

"We just all enjoy every day, I mean, we get along, we look forward to the next video games, the next PewDiePie on YouTube, you know," said Donald Bolt. "Unfortunately, I think these two girls just got into a little bit of trouble."

On Saturday night, 14-year-old Diana’s mother fell asleep around 10:30 or 11 p.m. Around midnight, she heard a noise and when she woke up at 6:30 a.m., the two girls were gone.

On Sunday, not knowing why Raylynn and Diana had gone missing during the sleepover, the disappearance of the two girls set off a widespread and well-publicized search across Southern California including the media and police using bloodhounds.

“On Monday, police ruled out the possibility of foul play and confirmed the young girls had ran away.”

Riverside detectives said that the two girls had reportedly been spotted on Sunday in the Riverside Plaza on the 3500 block of Central Avenue and were found Monday night in San Bernardino, about 15 miles from Diana's home in Riverside.

According to Lt. Dario Robinson of the San Bernardino Police Department, police officers found one of the two missing sleepover girls at a city park and the other on a nearby street waiting with a good Samaritan.

"From what we could tell, they appeared to be OK," said Lt. Dario Robinson. "We came across one, and talking to her and piecing it together, she led us to the other one.”

After the two girls who had gone missing during their sleepover were found, the 12-year-old and 14-year-old were turned over to Riverside detectives before being released back to their parents.