Two Turlock teens who were reported missing on Monday after running away from their respective first days of high school were picked up in San Francisco by their parents Wednesday morning.
Elizabeth Avalos, 14, called her mother, Teresa Silva, at approximately 5:30 a.m. Wednesday asking to be picked up in San Francisco. Silva said her daughter called and said, “I’m sorry. Can you come get me?”
Ethan Munoz, 14, Avalos’ boyfriend, also contacted his parents and was picked up.
Silva said that both teens were safe, unharmed, and nothing bad happened while on their own. As Silva put it, the teens are “safe and sad.”
The first night the teens were in San Francisco, they found some adults who got them a hotel for the night, said Silva. The teens slept in a park on the second night.
The teens were going to go to a shelter, but most required the teens be at least 18 years old, and those that didn’t were long-term shelter that would put them into the foster care system, said Silva.
According to Silva, the teens had a big plan to move to San Francisco, get jobs on the pier, and live happily ever after. Munoz and his family are moving out of state in November, and that is why the teens ran away.
Silva said that all of calls and tips that she received from TurlockCityNews.com readers helped find out that the teens were in Modesto, then on a bus to the Dublin area, and one local reader even spotted the teens at the pier in San Francisco, where they remained until they were picked up by their parents.
“The publicity you provided really did help me find my child,” said Silva.
TurlockCityNews.com would like to thank all of the readers and Central Valley TV and those readers who shared and spread the news of this story to help get the teens home safely.