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UPDATE: Missing Vernon girls found

A recent photo of Tina Kontos, left, and her friend Saylor Martian who have been missing since Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 and were last seen in Enderby on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.
Image Credit: RCMP Handout
November 30, 2014 - 8:46 PM

UPDATE: 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30

Saylor Nicole Martian and Tina Kontos have been located in Manitoba.

According to the Vernon RCMP, the two 15-year-olds were found in Headingley, Manitoba where they were apprehended by police.

One of the girls reportedly made contact with her parents letting them know where they were. Arrangements are being made to bring the girls back to Vernon.

“The Vernon RCMP would like to thank the media and concerned friends and family who have been posting that the girls were missing, asking for assistance in locating them so we could return them home safely,” RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said.

2:12 p.m., Nov. 30

VERNON – The hunt is on for a pair of Vernon teenagers who may have runaway from home together.

Saylor Martian and her friend Tina Kontos, both 15, left their high school sometime around 2:20 p.m., Friday and were last seen Saturday around 8 a.m. leaving Enderby.

RCMP say they are believed to be heading to northern Alberta, or the Lower Mainland, either by bus or by hitchhiking.

While both girls have a backpack with them, neither is prepared for the cold temperatures, according to their parents.

As well, both girls have struggled with social and personal issues. Their parents are worried about their emotional state and concerned for their safety and wellbeing.

"We just want them to know that we love them so very much and are so worried about them," Saylor's mum Trish Martian says in a media release. "So many family and friends are out their searching for them and we are all praying for their safe return.”

“Please girls, just call someone and let us know where you are. Someone out there must have seen them — please help us find them."

Saylor Nicole Martian is described as 5’4” tall with a slim build, about 110 lbs with long, light brown hair. Martian was last seen wearing dark rimmed glasses and black yoga plants.

Tina Kontos is described as 5’4” tall with a slim build, about 108 lbs with brown eyes and long, light brown hair with a blond streak on the right side. She may be wearing purplish/brown wire rimmed glasses, a dark purple jacket and black boots or brown shoes.

RCMP are asking anyone who may have seen the girls, or have any information on their whereabouts, to the nearest police department.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 2:27 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 to add more information about the missing girls and replace the photo.

— This story was corrected at 3:32 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 to correct a typo in the first sentence.

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