UPDATE: Salt Lake City Police say they were able to locate the children at a home nearby shortly after 8:30 a.m. Though they are still investigating whose house they were at, they say the kids are safe, not injured and on their way home.
The search for 12 year-old Cinthia Martinez and 10 year-old Jose Martinez began around midnight Tuesday after their parents called police reporting that their children had not come home after playing near the playground. The two were last seen around 8:00 p.m.
Tammy Checketts and many neighbors who know the kids say they are always outside playing and always with a group of kids.
“They’re always right here playing on this playground or sitting right there and they’re talking,” she said.
The last she saw of them she says they were playing behind the complex with other children. When she called for them to come back to the apartment complex she says they all took off.
“That’s the last we’ve seen of them,” she said.
Police said there were no signs that the children were in any danger but this was of concern to the police department because the kids had no history of running away.
Police checked areas the children may have been at, looking at schools, and anyone they may have had contact with. It was their work cross referencing locations and areas that led them to that home to find safe and sound.
“We were able to locate the two juveniles away from home but they are safe and sound. It was very important for us to find these kids this morning. It’s a great relief for us and I’m sure for the parents involved too,” said Det. Keith Horrocks from the Salt Lake City Police Department.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Salt Lake City Police are looking for two missing children that went missing near 1700 S. Redwood Road around 10:00 p.m. Monday.
Salt Lake City Police say Cinthia Martinez, 12, and Jose Manuel Maritnez, 10, went missing around 10:00 p.m. yesterday.
If you have any information you’re asked to contact the Salt Lake City Police Department at (801) 799-3000.
This is a developing story more details will be posted as soon as they become available.