They have been found!

The St. Louis Police Department confirms the three kids who went missing after skipping school on Thursday have been found safe.

Fourteen-year-old Christian Russell, 12-year-old KC Beard, and 13-year-old Caytlynn Downs were reported missing after failing to return home after school.

The three kids left school on foot and were last seen on camera heading towards Gratiot Street in St. Louis, police said.

St. Louis Police Chief Richard Ramereiz said the three, along with a couple other students, had planned to skip out at lunch time and then come back at the end of the day to catch their rides. The other students backed out.

The students lost track of time and missed their ride, Ramereiz said.

They panicked at not being able to get home, but one of the students knew how to get inside of a church so that's where they spent the night, Ramereiz said.

The students were found inside the church by a member of a search group.

Ramereiz said he was impressed with the number of people who joined together to search for the students.

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