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The fathers of two young Swedish women missing for...

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- The fathers of two young Swedish women missing for three weeks somewhere along the California coast posted a $5,000 reward Monday for a tip to their daughters' fate.

'We appeal to anyone who has information leading to the whereabouts of our daughters to contact the Redwood City Police Department,' the two men said in a joint statement announcing the reward.

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Robert Prevot, the detective coordinating the investigation involving dozens of police and sheriff's departments from Redwood City to the Mexican border, said 'hundreds of leads have been followed, but none panned out. This is our last hope.'

The two missing women -- Marie Lilienberg, 23, and Maria Whalen, 25 - have not been heard from since July 22 when they set out from a friend's home in Redwood City to hitchhike to Los Angeles.

The women had been on extended vacations in the United States and were due to return to Sweden when they disappeared.

Their fathers -- Ove Lilienberg and Lars Wahlen -- flew to California last week 'to do what we can to help the investigation.'

Detective Prevot said he was directing the two men to talk to possible witnesses -- 'those that show some promise and can't be eliminated over the phone.

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'Our only hope right now is that the reward may do some good,' Prevot said. 'The fathers want to know what happened to those girls - one way or the other.'

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