UPDATE: Runaway teens missing from Midland County found safe

(Source: Midland County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities say two teens who have been missing since Friday in Midland County have been found safe.

The search is over for 13-year-old Rafael Orta Vazquez and Hallie Jo Toner. The Midland County sheriff's office reported earlier this week they ran away together from their homes in Jasper Township.

The sheriff's office was called about 1:31 a.m. on Thursday, June 15 about two children who knocked on the door of a home in the 11000 block of N. McClelland Road in Breckenridge, about nine miles from their homes.

The children asked the residents for food and a place to sleep.

Police said the homeowner recognized the children as Raf and Hallie from the news and called 911 and their families.

The search for the pair began after Investigators said Orta-Vazquez ran away from his home in the 4800 block of West Kent Road around 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 9.

Rafael’s parents informed deputies that Orta-Vazquez most likely went to his girlfriend’s house. However, when deputies arrived at the home of Hallie Jo Toner in the 2700 block of South Lewis they learned she was also missing.

Friends and family were distributing fliers about the pair as far away as Lansing. In Shepherd, about eight miles from Jasper Township, police Chief Luke Sawyer said "surrounding communities need to do everything" to help the families.

Rafael and Hallie Jo are students at St. Louis Middle School.

Police said they have been returned to their families.

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