Missing sisters found safe

September 19, 2008 6:22:00 PM PDT
Aurora police have located two sisters who disappeared Thursday night. Around 6 p.m., the two girls went to a grocery store in the 600-block of East New York Street, which is around the corner from their home. Patricia Chavez, 13, and her 4-year-old sister, Maria, were not seen again until Friday afternoon.

Police say the girls spent the night at the home of the boyfriend of the tennager, who lives two blocks away fromt he family's Spring Street home.

"Apparently, she felt as though she wasn't getting enough attention at home, and she thought this would be a good way to get attention from her mother," said Dan Ferrelli, Aurora Police Department.

Both were back at home Friday night with their mother and stepfather. The sisters ahd been missing for 22 hours.

Shortly after 3 p.m.. Maria, according to a witness, was spotted by her stepfather walking up the street with the boyfriend. Maria had wanted to go home. The stepfather is said to have run up to them, grabbed the girl and taken her into the house, then went to look for Patricia, who was found shortly thereafter.

The girls were last spotted by surveillance cameras inside the store that captured them leaving the store alone after spending about 10 minutes inside. Police got the report of the girls gone missing around 11 p.m. Thursday.


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