Police confirmed Wednesday that the two teenage girls reported missing since Sunday by their father have been found safe with their mother and that their reported disappearance stemmed from a child custody matter.
Madeline, 16, and Emily Dorcich, 13, were reported to have been last seen at San Jose's Del Mar High School campus around 7:30 p.m., according to their father Chuck Dorcich, who said he could not find them when he arrived to pick them up later that night.
Dorcich said the girls were at a church event being hosted at the high school.
The father said he filed a missing persons' report with San Jose police on Sunday night.
San Jose Police released a statement Wednesday afternoon stating that the two girls had been safely located and as of that day, were with their biological mother.
“The entire incident was related to a child custody matter that will have to be resolved in family court,” said the statement from SJPD Ofc. Albert Morales. “No criminal acts were committed and the San Jose Police Department will be closing out the case and no further action will be taken.”
Dorcich said he was overjoyed to learn that his children were safe Wednesday afternoon, even though he still doesn't know why they left or where they had spent the past two and a half days.
“I don't know, and at this point, I don't care,” said Dorcich, a San Jose-based TV producer. “They are not sick, they are not hurt. It's time for the healing to begin and (for them to) get the rest they need.”
He later said the girls did not show up for classes at their school, Valley Christian High School at 100 Skyway Drive in San Jose, while they were gone.
He said the ordeal gave him empathy for parents whose children have gone missing.
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