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Missing teens found walking miles from middle school

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MARSHVILLE, NC (WBTV) - Two local teens who were reported missing after walking away from their middle school in Union County on Tuesday afternoon were found safe in South Carolina Wednesday.

Marshville Mayor Frank Deese said the girls were found walking along the railroad tracks near Peachland, NC. Both girls are with Marshville Police and are being returned to their parents. Both girls are just hungry and tired they walked the entire way down there. 

Police in Marshville say the two girls, Courtney Carpenter and Hayley Miller, got in trouble at East Union Middle School earlier that day.

Instead of boarding the school bus, the pair walked away from campus around 3:30 p.m., police told WBTV. Officers believe the girls were upset about getting into trouble and didn't want to go home right away.

Miller and Carpenter were last seen walking south along Hambrick Street towards old US 74, Marshville Police Chief Carl Webber told WBTV.

Officers say they searched the area around the school, and contacted all known family and friends, but haven't been able to find the girls.  Carpenter and Miller have not had any phone communication with family or friends.

The teen girls are both described as white, middle school aged, and were last seen wearing the school uniform of khaki pants and blue sweatshirts.

Miller is 5'8 with blonde hair and glasses. Carpenter is 5'7 with brown hair.

Chief Webber told WBTV that a red alert call was sent to homes within a two-mile radius of the schools.

If you have any information about the missing girls, you are asked to call 911.

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