Families Fear Missing Ramona Gardens Teens Could Be Suicidal

Social media references to "Romeo and Juliet" heighten concerns for teens' safety. Police conducting search of area.

By City News Service

Two teenagers who went missing Wednesday in Boyle Heights and were feared to be suicidal have been found unharmed, police said early this morning.

Police said the teens were together and  identified them as 14-year-old Adrian Gonzalez and 15-year-old Jaylin Mazariegos,.

No one saw either teen leave home, according to the Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Division.

Jaylin was last seen about 6:15 a.m. in the 2600 block of Alcazar Street, police said.

“When her mother returned later in the day, she discovered that Jaylin, some clothing and her black BMX bike were missing,” according to a police statement.

Adrian was last seen about 7:30 a.m. in the 1300 block of De Neve Lane, police said.

“His mother returned later in the day and discovered that Adrian was missing along with some clothing and his red and black bicycle,” according to the LAPD. “Adrian and Jaylin are believed to be together

“They made statements on their Instragram accounts indicating a desire to leave Los Angeles by train. They made additional statements on Instragram that have caused their families to be concerned about their state of mind and their safety.”

Some of those messages made references to “Romeo and Juliet,” causing family members to fear they could be suicidal, reported the KNX 1070 radio station.

The teens were found safe about 12:30 a.m. in the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Normandie Avenue, according to the LAPD. They were brought to the Hollenbeck station to be reunited with their families, police said.

Update 7/20/17 to include LAPD announcement that the teens were found unharmed.

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