Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen said police have been getting leads on where both girls might be. He said neither case is related to the other.
“If you don’t want to be found, it’s pretty easy to find some place,” he said. “Kids convince others, ‘My parents are so horrible, I can’t possibly go home.’ ‘Oh stay with us, poor thing.’ But harboring is a crime if they are aware there is a runaway. (Those harboring) could get themselves in trouble.”
Chief Beahen said the girls have not disappeared “but are hiding for whatever reason.” He said even if there has been contact through witnesses and such, there is still a protocol police must follow after “x” amount of days missing, and that the protocol adds up to thousands of dollars in public safety expenditures.
“We’ve had detectives helping on these cases and following up on leads,” Beahen said. “The BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) gets involved. There are timelines, it elevates. It gets pretty serious.”
But he said the number one concern remains the safety and wellness of the runaways.
“These families are distraught and they want their loved ones back,” Beahen said.