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UPDATE: Missing children found by SMPD, returned to family

Posted at 3:16 PM, May 13, 2018

Update (8:45 p.m.)– Officials with Santa Maria Police Department say they located 14-year-old Veronica Rosete and her brother, 12-year-old Ale Jesue Mendoza at Santa Maria City park around 6:30 Sunday night.

They have been returned to their family.


Update (6:45 p.m.)–  Police say around 3:30 Sunday afternoon, parents spotted their children running near the intersection of McClelland St. and Orchard St.

Officers searched the area but couldn’t find them. The children are reportedly hiding and avoiding contact with their parents and police.

Rosete and Mendoza are still listed as missing persons.


Two kids were reported missing Sunday morning in Santa Maria.

Santa Maria Police say the two children are considered to be "at risk" and were reported to police around 10 a.m. Sunday.

Police say 14-year-old Veronica Rosete and her brother, 12-year-old Ale Jesue Mendoza, were last seen the night before around 5 p.m. in front of their home on the 200 block of east Bunny Avenue.

No other details were given. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Santa Maria Police Department at (805) 928-3781.