Two California girls missing from a sleepover were found in San Bernardino. Police found Diana Tourdot, 14, and Raylynn Bolt, 12, within 15 miles of Tourdot’s home in Riverside, California, where the girls held a sleepover Saturday night.
Police with bloodhounds and relatives had been searching for the pair since Sunday morning, when Diana’s mother noticed the girls were missing. The search extended throughout Southern California and drew widespread national attention.
Police concluded that the two girls had likely run away from the Tourdot’s home, but did not rule out other possibilities. According to a Fox News report, Raylynn’s grandmother Sandy Brown, who dropped her off at the Tourdot home on Saturday night, described the girl as “happy-go-lucky,” claiming that she is a straight-A student who regularly helps around the house. Diana’s parents likewise said that their daughter gets along well and regularly participates in family activities.
Police actively sought the public’s help in finding the two girls. Riverside Police Sgt. David Amador said that people had claimed to see the two girls together on Sunday.
According to a KABC-TV report, Raylynn’s brother Jeremy encouraged the girls to come home, saying:
“You guys can come home. You guys are OK. I mean, you know, if you guys maybe ran away or something or, you know, went to some guy’s house, everything’s fine. We’ve all done it. We’ve all been 12, 13, 14.”
They were found 15 miles away in San Bernardino Monday night.
According to an AP report, the San Bernardino Police Department’s Lt. Dario Robinson said, “We came across one, and talking to her and piecing it together, she led us to the other one.”
Lt. Robinson said that the girls were found in San Bernardino within a few blocks of one another. Officers found one girl at a San Bernardino city park and the other with an unidentified “Good Samaritan” on a nearby street.
The San Bernardino Police turned the girls over to detectives from the Riverside Police Department, who reportedly questioned the girls and returned them to their parents. Robinson said that any medical examination needed would be handled by the Riverside Police Department.
At the time of this writing, police have not released information regarding how the girls got to San Bernardino or why they went there.
Raylynn’s father, Donald Bolt, said,“Unfortunately I think these two girls just got into a little bit of trouble,” in an interview with Los Angeles’ KABC-TV. The reason why the girls went missing from their sleepover has not yet been released.