JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 12-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy that were subject of a search on Sunday have been found safe, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.
The girl was reported missing in Lexington, North Carolina, on Friday. Davidson County Sheriff’s Office investigators say they are not sure of her connection to Jacksonville, but when she was seen Saturday evening with a Jacksonville teenager on Saturday evening, local police joined the search.
When JSO announced the juveniles were found, they did not say where or the circumstances.
Police said the teens were seen together around 6:15 p.m. Saturday by a security guard at a hotel on Lane Avenue just off Interstate 10. She says they were knocking on doors to guests’ rooms. The front desk woman did not say what the motive for that was.
News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson says the area is known for drug trafficking and prostitution and police would do all they can to find the two especially because they’re minors.