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Local Families Highlight Runaway Problem In US

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SALISBURY, Md..- In the United States, one in seven children between the ages of 10 and 18 will run away. It's one of the biggest fears for parents.

"The window was open and the curtain was broke, and they had went out the window," parent Lisa Moore frantically searched Somerset County Monday after her daughter and a friend left home.

Many children threaten to run away, Moore's did.

"They had said they wanted to runaway and made jokes because I had grounded them," she said. The two 11-year-olds aren't alone; more than 1.5 children run away nationally, according to the National Runaway Safeline.

"You think the worst and hope for the best," said grandmother Eva Polk as she wished for her granddaughter's return.

Locally, the Princess Anne Police Department says children running away is common but they usually come home after a few hours. That was the case with Moore's daughter and her friend, the pair were found and picked up less than six hours after slipping out of the house.

Eva Polk says the emotional family reunion wouldn't have been possible without the work of the community.

"I thank this community of Princess Anne," she said. "My daughter just moved here and all we had to do was to tell the people in the neighborhood and they were telling everybody, ya know they've been by here just anything they can do and it's just great."
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