Two families in the Okanagan are desperately searching for their missing teenagers, whom they believe ran away from home together early Monday morning.
Brianne Stewart said her 12-year-old daughter, Mia Holmes, is believed to be with her friend Noah Mountain, 17.
Both children left notes for their respective parents asking not to look for them, adding they love their families.
Stewart said the pair are believed to be travelling in Noah’s dark blue Nissan Maxima four-door, with licence plate number LC1 73M.
They left their homes in Keremeos, B.C., around 4:00 a.m., and were reported missing to police by 8:00 a.m., their families say.
Noah just received his learner’s licence and the families are concerned about the winter road conditions and his lack of driving experience.
Both Mia and Noah left their cellphones behind.
“They both wiped their cellphones clean,” Stewart said.
The families have connections to Bella Coola, Alert Bay and the Sunshine Coast, so Stewart believes the pair may be headed in that direction, but they really don’t know.
Mia took $500 cash in Christmas money and Noah is believed to have drawn money from his account on Monday morning.
Stewart said the pair are romantically interested in one another, but both families said the age difference was inappropriate.
“I think it’s kind of like a forbidden love at this point,” Stewart said, who believes they took off to be together.
Noah’s mother, Marilyn Tallio, is begging for her son to contact them and come home.
“Please come home, we are worried about him.”
Stewart echoed the call.
“I just want her home and Noah home,” Stewart said. “It’s scary. Mia’s a very mature 12-year-old, but at the end of the day they are both kids and we all make mistakes and silly choices as a teenager.”
Mia is believed to be wearing a grey Nasa hoodie, burgundy Lululemon leggings or ripped jeans, checkered Vans shoes and a grey toque.
Noah is believed to have left in red sneakers, black pants, a grey crew neck hoodie and a black toque.
The families are in touch with authorities who have told them the police are trying to track down the teenagers.
Police have not responded to a request from Global News.
The families have released the police file number, which is 2021-114, and ask the public to keep an eye out for the pair and call RCMP if they are spotted.
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