Two Naugatuck teens missing for 48 hours were found safe, police said Friday morning.
Officers said they took the search for 13-year-old Alyssa Viveiros and 14-year-old Annabella Misteroni to social media to help find them.
Posts were shared thousands of times on the Naugatuck police and WFSB Facebook pages.
“There's a lot of times where we get very helpful people,” said Lt. Bryan Cammarata, Naugatuck police. “It's one of the things that we like about social media when it comes to trying to find missing persons."
Police said Alyssa left City Hill Middle School sometime before 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday after saying she planned to run away with her 17-year-old boyfriend.
They also said that Annabella was last seen at her home in Waterbury.
They believe the three were together.
“It's a bad situation when anybody has to reach out to the police because they can't find someone,” Cammarata said. “It's a bad situation [and] when it's kids, it's only that much worse."
Cammarata said that while situations involving dating relationships and age disparities bring concerns, they’re secondary to finding everyone safe.
"We'll look at the other factors and see what the appropriate actions should be for us and for the families," he said.
Cammarata also said that the fear of arrest often works against their search efforts.
“It's a misconception that because the police are involved, someone is going to be arrested, which is not the case when we're looking for missing people,” he explained.
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