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Two missing Russian girls found with friend

Jan. 12, 2012 at 3:57 PM

BRYANSK, Russia, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Two young girls in the Russian city of Bryansk were found in a friend's apartment Thursday, a day after they were reported missing.

The girls' parents reported them missing Wednesday afternoon, about four hours after they failed to return home from school, ITAR-Tass reported. They were found in an apartment in the same apartment complex they live in.

Svetlana Kokotova, a regional police spokeswoman, said Anastasia Boraborkina and Olga Markelova were being examined by doctors and psychologists.

The search that began late Wednesday involved 500 police officers and dog-handlers. Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for investigators, said a murder file was opened, which he said is routine when children are reported missing.

Bryansk is in southwest Russia near the borders of Belarus and Ukraine.

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