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UPDATE: Missing Teen Girls Located

A 12-year-old Montgomery Village girl and 14-year-old Gaithersburg girl had been missing since Jan. 23, police said.

(Update -- 9:10 a.m., Jan. 31)

Montgomery County police said Karina Cornejo-Galdmaez, 12, and Rosa Rivas-Ascencio, 14, were located safe and unharmed Thursday morning in Wheaton.

The girls had been missing since Jan. 23.

(Original Post -- 3:24 p.m., Jan. 30)

Montgomery County police are asking the public for help in locating two girls from the Gaithersburg area.

Karina Cornejo-Galdmaez, 12, of the 9300 block of Merust Lane in Montgomery Village, and Rosa Rivas-Ascencio, 14, of the 18000 block of Nathans Place in Gaithersburg, were last seen at their respective middle schools at 2:30 p.m. dismissal on Jan. 23.

Cornejo-Galdmaez was at Montgomery Village Middle School, while Rivas-Ascencio was at Neelsville Middle School in Germantown, police said.

Cornejo-Galdmaez is described as a Hispanic female, approximately 5 feet tall, and weighing 105 pounds. She has brown eyes, brown shoulder length hair, and has a piercing on the right side of her lower lip. She was last seen wearing a black, North Face jacket, blue jeans, and a black shirt.

Rivas-Ascencio is described as a Hispanic female, approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall, and weighing 113 pounds. She has brown eyes and black shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing a gray sweater and dark blue jeans.

Police said they believe the girls are traveling together and could be in the area of Langley Park, MD.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Karina Cornejo-Galdamez and/or Rosa Rivas-Ascencio is asked to immediately contact the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division at 240-773-5400 or police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000. Callers may remain anonymous.

Sharon January 31, 2013 at 11:54 PM
I am only sorry, Tiffany, this Amber Alert wasn't in effect when I was growing up. I knew the parents! Even the years gone by have not minimized their pain & suffering. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyon_sisters
Sharon February 01, 2013 at 12:13 AM
I will say, Tiffany, (& having no clue of your age) back when I was growing up neighbors watched out for neighbors. (Neighbors could even reprimand neighborhood children w/o fear of parents in their face or calling police or threatening them with lawsuits for even scolding their children when it was warranted.) We knew long before the phrase became a 'catch phrase' decades later that it did indeed "Take a Village" to watch over our children. And, even w/o Amber Alert (where flashing alerts on highways may have assisted more back then) the police, community and even State officials joined together 'with no hesitation' in trying to locate these girls. Just a shame and painful that to this day it remains a 'Cold Case'! So, was I looking for dire outcomes with these two missing girls. I found that extremely offensive but gave you benefit of the doubt that you misinterpreted!
Eric A Grandi February 01, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Does anyone know why they ran away? thank god they are safe but why in Gods name did they disappear. I have to assume it had something to,do with Facebook .
jnrentz1 February 03, 2013 at 03:45 PM
For an interesting Maryland missing persons case, please visit: http://www.bernadettestevensoncaruso.org/
jnrentz1 February 03, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Ms. Roa; I did not get the slightest impression that Ms. Adams desired these two girls any harm.

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