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Police: Missing North Las Vegas girls found, in good health

Updated Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 3:16 p.m.

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Lina Gonzalez

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Kenia Gonzalez

Two young girls who went missing after their elementary school let them out Friday were found in good health about 24 hours later, according to North Las Vegas Police.

The sisters, Kenia Gonzalez, 6, and Lina Gonzalez, 9, were reported missing at 11:30 p.m. Friday, police said. They were last spotted walking away from the Lincoln Elementary School, 3010 Berg Street, near Cheyenne Avenue and Civic Center Drive.

The investigation was ongoing said police, who credited social media for spreading the word about the search.

The girls’ mother realized they were gone when she went to pick them up at their babysitter’s house after work late Friday, Officer Eric Leavitt said this morning.

Police learned that about 1 p.m., the mother called the babysitter, who watches the girls multiple times a week, to solicit her services, because she found out she had to be at work, Leavitt said.

The babysitter, who she met through the school, went pick them up, as well as other kids she watches, but didn’t see the girls come out and assumed they’d walked to their home— which is right down the street near the school — as they do when their mother is there, Leavitt said.

Video footage showed the sisters leaving campus, Leavitt said. The search was extensive, he said.

Police had canvassed the area near the school, knocking on doors, approaching businesses and showing their photos, Leavitt said. The disappearance had been reported to neighboring jurisdictions as well.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 702-633-9111.