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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 06/ 6/2010

2nd missing MoCo girl returns home

By Washington Post Editors

Montgomery County Police have located a Bethesda 14-year-old, who had been missing for over a week.

Anastasia Strong returned home safe and unharmed Saturday afternoon, police say. She and another girl, Cheyenne Summer Marcolina, 12, of Kensington, left North Bethesda Middle School on their own volition on May 28. Marcolina returned home on Thursday.

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Cheyenne Summer Marcolina and Anastasia Strong.

By Washington Post Editors  | June 6, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
 
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So she returned home and then the MoCo police located her. LOL

Posted by: askgees | June 6, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

BRATS!!!

Posted by: DecafDrinker | June 6, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Im thankful this story ended the way it did. So many times (of recent) the kids disappear, never to be seen, or heard from again.

Imagine the torture the parents went thru this week, when their kids up and vanished.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | June 6, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

that's why I am glad I don't have kids. The majority of them are screwed up and it is hard not to have them succumb to peer pressure. You pay 12K a year to raise them or more and then they screw up and forget about you later. More trouble than they are worth. Don't tell me most parents do not feel the same way.

Posted by: jackson641 | June 6, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

@jackson641... Parents are in short supply. The pressures placed on families to earn a living are impacting on the ablity to be an involved parent. I have three that have reached maturity with no major probs. They have never run away (although some do go through that phase). Not to say parenting today isn't a difficult excersize at best, but some extra effort is needed in today's fast paced world where kids are "older" sooner and left to their own devices much too early in their development. If you are worried about how much it costs and what kind of return you might get on your "investment", then you are correct in not wanting children. That kind of thinking is what produces these kind of kids. Your child WILL pick up on that and how do you think that makes them feel? and, NO, most parents do not feel that way. Do you think you'd be here if yours had?

Posted by: skipfrmdc | June 6, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

@jackson641 - I'm glad you don't have kids too.

Posted by: altoidman | June 6, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Not much of a news story if you don't report where they've been, is it?

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | June 6, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

The girls need a good explanation for why they've been missing. Maybe Al Sharpton can hook them up with Tawana Brawley.

Posted by: Rob_ | June 6, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

If I had a daughter who disappeared for any time at all without my knowledge, she would know not to come back at all. I grew up with a mean, alcoholic father who fought me and my mother. But I never ran away. The only reason this child went away for a week is because her friend influenced her and she wasn't concerned with her parents actions once she returned home. My children are two young men, who respect their family and their friends. They're not perfect, but who is? And their friends are just like them; respect their family and friends. That's the key.

Posted by: skinfreak | June 6, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

If I had a daughter who disappeared for any time at all without my knowledge, she would know not to come back at all. I grew up with a mean, alcoholic father who fought me and my mother. But I never ran away. The only reason this child went away for a week is because her friend influenced her and she wasn't concerned with her parents actions once she returned home. My children are two young men, who respect their family and their friends. They're not perfect, but who is? And their friends are just like them; respect their family and friends. That's the key.

Posted by: skinfreak | June 6, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

i have to agree with checkered on this one. seriously if this were two missing teens from se we would probaly have a page or two to read.

Posted by: wisedecision08 | June 6, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

i have to agree with checkered on this one. seriously if this were two missing teens from se we would probaly have a page or two to read.

Posted by: wisedecision08 | June 6, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Glad they're okay, but kids can be so selfish. The poor worried parents.

Posted by: brandip_77 | June 6, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Why let them come home now? If they're so darn independent why don't they find a JOB and pay their own rent somewhere else? I guess since they know it all they've probably figured out why they can't support themselves. Who did they stay with while they were out partying? Charge them with harboring a missing child.

Posted by: SoupLine | June 7, 2010 5:07 AM | Report abuse

ok where have they been, and with who. and if this was all just some girls running away and getting laid? I hope there parents are going to get the bill for the time the man hunt was on looking for them. its not fair for my tax dollar should go to that crap!!!

Posted by: craigblkcat | June 7, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Thankfully the kids returned home safe and sound. Kids make mistakes. That's part of growing up. Learning from mistakes is how children grow and mature. Terrifying as it must have been for the parents these girls have learned a valuable lesson in life. Running away is no solution to life's problems. Problems follow you wherever you go. You can count on the parents to keep a closer eye on these two.

Posted by: kmp1 | June 7, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

What happened to all those rules about not identifying minors to protect their privacy? I guess they only do that when the minors are D.C. thugs who commit crimes. I cannot believe the Post would include photos of these girls who are probably the victims of some creep they met on the Internet.

Posted by: buffysummers | June 7, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

i think these girls are really ticked off at their idiot parents for the names they were given at birth.

its too much of a coincidence.

where do they find these names???

Posted by: surlydoc | June 7, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Umm, buffy
The names and photos were out there, all over the community, because we've all been trying to help find them for days. We all worried about them, and we are all glad they're back. Yes, they have some questions to answer, but first things first.
A lot of you other posters seem to put ugly things out there just to prompt a rise out of people. Here's my response: get a life.

Posted by: krickey7 | June 7, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Morons. No wonder they were always hanging out with trash at Wheaton.

Posted by: FiatBooks | June 7, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Great insight, Buffy, you should consider joining the FBI or something. It's a novel idea not to publish photographs of people who you are trying to find.

Posted by: mike8 | June 7, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Mike8 and krickey7 have the facts wrong. The Post didn't publish the girls photos until today - after they had already returned home! They didn't show the photos when the girls were actually missing, you know when the public could have actually used the photos to spot them. The real reason why the photos were published today is because if it turned out they were crime victims then the Post would have violated a minor's privacy. Since it turned out to be a prank, ironically that meant the Post was then free to violate their privacy.

Posted by: buffysummers | June 7, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, buffy, that's not true.

Posted by: krickey7 | June 7, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Very selfish and thoughtless thing to do.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 7, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Some of the comments on this are just appalling. Many of you are so judgemental and you're clearly not parents, nor should you ever be. Being a parent actually requires a sense of care and compassion and it requires a tremendous time commitment, not to mention plenty of love. None of us really know the whole story behind these girls - you can't assume anything. I have two teens and they've made many mistakes, but ultimately, they're still loved despite their mistakes and there is hope for their future. Someone called the two teens "morons." By doing this, it really shows their own ignorance. Teens are generally by definition "moronic" and not fully developed in their judgement or thinking, especially young teens of the age of 14. Also, the comment about the names was just inappropriate and ignorant. Yes, these girls made a terrible and life-threatening mistake by running away, but you can't just write them off as "trash" or "not deserving to come back home." Those of you who have such a narrow view of the world, do us all a favor and make sure you do not have children because they'll turn out to be just like you.

Posted by: dohertyk2 | June 7, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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