FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. - According to Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke, at approximately 3:20 p.m. this afternoon they received a report that two 13-year-old children had gone missing from a camp ground in western Franklin County.
Franklin County Deputies, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Conservation Agents, firefighters from several departments responded, along with air support provided by the St. Louis County Police immediately began searching for the two missing children.
Toelke said in a statement that two families from Jefferson County were camping at the Little Indian Creek Camp Ground off Hwy K in southwestern Franklin County.
Shortly after lunch a 13-year old male and 13-year old female told their parents they were going to ride their bikes in the campground.
When the children did not return after approximately one half hour the parents became worried and began searching for the children.
The parents were unable to find the children or their bikes in the area where they had been riding. After searching for a substantial length of time they became concerned and contacted authorities, prompting the mass search for both missing teens.
Approximately 4 hours after they were last seen by the parents the children were located unharmed a few miles away from the campground near Hwy A and Hwy 185 in Washington County.
The children stated that they began riding on a horse trail and became disorientated. There was no cell phone service in the area and they could not call out to seek help. They rode their bikes until they encountered a female near a firing range at a conservation area located in the area of Hwy A and Hwy 185.
The female drove the children to a location where they could access a phone and called 911 stating that she thought she had the two children reported missing.
The children were returned to their families by authorities.