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Posted at 8:26 PM ET, 06/ 3/2010

Missing girl, 12, is found safe

By Erica Johnston

A 12-year-old Montgomery County girl missing since last week was found safe Thursday evening in the District, according to police.

Still missing is the girl’s 14-year-old friend, who wasn’t with her. The pair left North Bethesda Middle School on their own volition last Friday.

No details were available about exactly where or how the 12-year-old, Cheyenne Summer Marcolina, of Kensington, was found. She had made contact with her family several days ago, but wasn’t willing to come home at the time, police said.

Her friend, Anastasia Strong, of Bethesda, is described as white, 5’2” tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. She weighs about 120 pounds. She sometimes wears her hair in a ponytail and also wears a dental retainer. Anastasia has been known to frequent Westfield Wheaton and Westfield Montgomery shopping centers, as well as to travel to the District.

There continues to be no evidence of foul play in connection to Anastasia's missing status, officials said, but police and family are concerned for her welfare due to her young age.

Anyone with information is asked to call 301-279-8000 or 240-773-5400.

-- Dan Morse

By Erica Johnston  | June 3, 2010; 8:26 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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There's no such place as "North Bethesda"; why does it have a middle school?

Posted by: Bethesdan | June 4, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Based on the places the still-missing girl is known to frequent, it would seem that she wasn't very well supervised.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 4, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

There is a North Bethesda Middle School. North Bethesda was once considered to be the part of Bethesda that is north of downtown Bethesda. In the past most of the area was farmland, with some housing development prior to WWII, but mostly open space between downtown Bethesda and what is now the town center area of Rockville. Foloowing WWII there were waves of development. When Walter Johnson High School was built it was surrounded by farmland.The school mascot was a green and white cow named Might Moo. During homecomming week students would 'borrow' a cow from the adjacent Davis farm (the folks who donated the land for the Davis library) and parade the cow through the halls. Saying you were from North Bethesda meant you were from a certain geographical area, and had no snobery or yuppiefied meaning attached.

Posted by: lsf07 | June 4, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I drive through North Bethesda everyday and I see office buildings, stores, houses, people, cars, cats, dogs, etc., so I assure you that it exists. If you are complaining about the name, then you are wrong there too: it exists as much as any other unincorporated entity within Montgomery county, which happens to be the majority of the county, Bethesda and Silver Spring included.

Posted by: mddave | June 4, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

south rockville

Posted by: slim4 | June 4, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Soon to be West Wheaton

Posted by: MdLaw | June 4, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

On a more serious note, I am happy to see that this child made it home safely. There are too many sad endings in our world and I am sure that everyone who loves the child is breathing easier again. Thanks to MCPD for taking this matter seriously even when it appeared to be "just another runaway."

Posted by: MdLaw | June 4, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

North Bethesda does exist, just like North Chevy Chase is actually South Kensington, but the yuppies like to call it Chevy Chase and make people think they have money and class. Very Plastic people, though. as for the missing teen, the Washington Post needs more pictures of her, so the public gets her in their mind and someone will spot her.

Posted by: FrankMonzon | June 4, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

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