IVINS – Two juvenile girls, sisters, were discovered missing from their home last night arousing a search throughout the night. The girls were found unharmed this morning.
The girls’ mother told police that about 8 p.m. last night she sent the girls to their room to bed. When she checked on them at 11 p.m. they were missing at which time she called the police.
Santa Clara Ivins Public Safety officers canvassed the neighborhood and found a neighbor who reported seeing the girls crawl out of their bedroom window in their pajamas carrying a blue backpack, Officer Matt Stoker said.
“This morning, a lady in the neighborhood was driving by, saw them walking on the side of the road,” Stoker said, “stopped picked them up and flagged me down as she was taking them home.”
The sisters, who Stoker said are about 9 and 10 years old, just said they climbed out and went out into the desert. The older sister stepped on a cactus and they got lost and couldn’t find their way home so they lay down together and slept in the desert during the night.
“As soon as the sun came up they started walking home,” Stoker said. “Their pajamas were really dirty with sticker bush on them, they just got lost.”
Their backpack seen by the neighbor was not with them when they were found, Stoker said, and he did not know what it contained.
A command post was set up at Ivins Fire Station, and, Stoker said.
At about 3 a.m. a reverse-911 alert was dispatched to about 1,000 residents in the area. Stoker said they also registered the girls on the national registry for missing juveniles. That alert has now been cancelled.
“At this point they’re reunited with their mother and father after we interviewed them and found out that nothing bad happened,” Stoker said.