UPDATE: The three girls who disappeared in Virginia last Wednesday have been found, authorities announced early Tuesday morning. In a media release, the Leesburg Police said Nathaly Flores, Allison Marroquin and Jocelyn Perdomo are all safe and have been reunited with their families."
At approximately 1:00 am on January 12, 2010, the three juvenile females approached a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol in the Countryside Shopping Center in Sterling" according to the release. "They identified themselves and asked to be taken home." Investigators do not suspect any foul play and consider the case closed.
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The father of one of three missing Virginia girls doubts they chose to runaway. “There is no evidence,” Hugo Hernandez told CNN. “They have no plan to do this. It was not their own decision.”
Hernandez last saw his daughter, Allison Marroquin, 13, on Tuesday evening at their Leesburg home. Marroquin, and her 8th grade classmates, Nathaly Flores and Jocelyn Perdomo, both 14, disappeared the next day after arriving at Smart’s Mill Middle School in Leesburg.
“Surveillance did show the kids leaving together,” Leesburg police public information officer Chris Jones said in a telephone interview. Hernandez said he also watched the videotape. “They didn’t go into the school,” he said. They walked close to the front door and started walking back to the parking lot again.
The local authorities have contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help in locating the girls, Jones said. “Just trying to cast a wider web,” Jones told CNN. He also added that investigators don’t have any indication the teens are the victims of a crime. “From what we have at this point, it still appears they are runaways.”
However, Hernandez is not convinced his daughter left on her own accord. “She didn’t take anything. No clothes, nothing. I’m afraid it’s not just a runaway.”
Hernandez described his daughter as a “shy” and a “really good girl” who never had problems at home or school. “We don’t fight, we never yell” he said. “We never hear a cuss word from us. We take them to church on the weekends. She was never in anything bad.”
He also had a message for anyone who knows where she might be.
“If this is about money, whatever they want, if they want to contact me, let me know, all I want is my daughter back at home.”
In a media release, the Leesburg Police provided the following description of what the girls were wearing:
"Nathaly was last seen wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans and black tennis shoes. Allison was last seen wearing a white jacket, black jeans and pink boots. Jocelyn was last seen wearing a black, pink and white flannel shirt, black leggings and black boots."
Anyone with information on the girls’ whereabouts should call the Leesburg police at 703-771-4500. Anonymous tips can also be made by calling 703-443-TIPS.
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