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Two Murrieta Middle Schoolers Still Missing

Odelea Justin,12, and Kira Keys, 13, left Tuesday before school started at Dorothy McElhinney Middle School, sheriff's officials said.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. with description of girls.

Sheriff's officials today were still tracking the whereabouts of two sixth-graders who are presumed to be runaways.

Odelea "Dede" Justin, 12, and Kira Keys, 13, arrived at  in Murrieta Tuesday morning but have not been seen since, said Riverside County Sheriff's Cpl. Courtney Donowho.

"The arrived at school separately yesterday and they apparently got together somewhere near the front of the school and walked away," Donowho told Patch.

The school’s video surveillance shows them leaving the school campus before school started at 8:51 a.m., according to Karen Parris, spokesperson for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District.

"After Kira's mom arrived to pick her up and discovered she was not at school, and it was determined that neither of the girls attended classes on Tuesday, Kira and Dede were reported missing..." Parris said.

Kira is Filipino, about 5-foot-3 and 130 pounds, with brown eyes and straight brown shoulder-length hair. She wears eyeglasses.

Odelea is black, about 5-foot-5 and 118 pounds, with long braided black hair.

Anyone with information on the girls' whereabouts was asked to contact Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-696-3000 and reference case no. SW120380048.

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Brittany Thai February 16, 2012 at 06:32 AM
illeane its brittany and they go to my school
Nan Smith February 16, 2012 at 05:12 PM
These kids are 12 and 13 years old, they are still babies in the sense of what they know of the world. I am appalled that the school district has not done more to notify ALL parents, they have been remiss in their duties as administrators. And I am tired of the school and police referring to them as "runaways", just because they left together, that does not mean they are still safe or got where they intended to go. They are 12 years old, regardless of how they left, more needs to be done by the district and the police to make people aware of this situation.
justme February 16, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I am baffled by the little amount of press this has gotten! So I guess it is normal for 12 and 13 year old girls to just go poof?? Have the police even considered the fact that they may have left the school to skip that day and something happened to them then? There should be an Amber Alert, this should be on ALL news stations, in every paper! WTF??
J Carabine February 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Have they been found?
THE REAL Anita Drink February 29, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Yes, the two selfish brats were found February 16th. http://murrieta.patch.com/articles/missing-murrieta-girls-located-reunited-with-parents

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