THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (KTLA) — Two Ventura County teenagers who went missing from their homes early Thursday morning remained missing on Friday.
Both are apparent runaways, authorities said, and there is increasing concern for their welfare.
14-year-old Kaylee Rebert, and 13-year-old Nicholas Marino, both students at Redwood Middle School, were reported missing just after 1 a.m. Thursday.
Nicholas was reported missing first. Then deputies searched Kaylee’s house and found her missing, too.
The teens are reportedly boyfriend and girlfriend, and may be suicidal, officials said. They would not elaborate.
Deputies searched Wildwood Regional Park in Thousand Oaks on Thursday after being led there by scent-tracking dogs. The teens live about two miles away.
Authorities found no sign of the pair, however, and on Friday morning they said they had called off the official search.
“As far as Wildwood Park — it’s a 1,700-acre park — and that was searched thoroughly yesterday by ground and by air,” said Sgt. Eric Bushow, of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
“We’re satisfied that they’re not in the park, so now it becomes an investigation of essentially two runaways who are possibly at risk, we believe may be suicidal,” he said.
“We’re still looking for them,” Bushow added. “We don’t know exactly what the circumstances are or their mindset.”
He said investigators were looking into the possibility they were with friends or family members. They are also combing social media for possible clues.
Family members of the two missing teenagers spoke to the media Thursday afternoon, imploring their children to return home.
“We’ve never been so concerned for your safety,” said Kaylee’s father, Dan Rebert. “We just want you to come home… You’re not going to be in any trouble,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s investigators at (805) 494-8201.