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Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 05/29/2010

Two girls missing from Bethesda school

By Washington Post Editors

Two Montgomery County girls -- ages 12 and 14 -- remained missing as of 11:15 a.m. Saturday, and police are concerned because they haven’t been heard from since Friday morning.

The girls, Cheyenne Summer Marcolina and Anastasia Strong, go to the same school in Bethesda. The left school Friday morning, police said. At least one had a backpack with clothes in it, according to police.

In a news release, officials described Cheyenne Marcolina as “a 12-year-old white female. She is 5’3" tall and weighs 140 pounds. She has long brown hair with blonde highlights. She has brown eyes. Cheyenne was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, silver high-top ‘Chucks,’ a hooded sweatshirt, and a black and red checkered backpack. The backpack had clothing in it. Cheyenne resides in the 4400 hundred of Colefax Street in Kensington.”

They described Anastasia Strong as “a 14-year-old white female. She is 5’2" tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jean shorts and a blue sweatshirt. She may be carrying a black and white backpack. She sometimes wears her hair in a ponytail and also wears a dental retainer. Anastasia resides in the 5800 block of Jarvis Lane in Bethesda.”

Both girls frequent the Westfield Wheaton and Westfield Montgomery shopping malls, are familiar with area bus routes, and have been known to travel to Washington D.C., police said.
Gloria Jackson, an employee in the county’s 911 center, said the girls were still missing as of Saturday morning.

Police ask anyone with information about their whereabouts to call 301-279-8000 or 240-773-5400.

Cheyenne Summer Marcolina and Anastasia Strong.

--Dan Morse

By Washington Post Editors  | May 29, 2010; 11:56 AM ET
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I PRAY for their safe return home & not end up like the Lyons sisters, or Junior Byrdinski. The girls disappeared going to/from Wheaton Plaza & Junior disappeared walking home from school.

Please let this have a happy outcome!!

Posted by: Robbnitafl | May 29, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Wheaton Mall??? There is your problem. Parents, keep your kids away from Wheaton and Silver Spring. Keep them in Bethesda and Montgomery Mall (sometimes shady there too).

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 29, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

...great advice, "FiatBooks". Now if we can just get all parents to keep all kids away from any place with a history of crime.

I can see them all fleeing the DC area now.

Posted by: dubya1938 | May 29, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like they might be runaways, Fiatbooks. Try using comprehension skills.

Posted by: case50 | May 29, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

There goes the stupid police and the 24 hour missing persons report, some can travel a lond distance in twenty four hours. Hell those kids can be in Miami by now and Monkey Co. is just starting to look for them in Maryland around Whaton. Parents take my advise:
#1 Check out all their friends
#2 Check all caller I D's, cell phones also, call the carrier and explain and ask for a record of incoming and outgoing calls if they have cell phones.
#3 Check out all there favorite haunts.
#4 Keep driving aroung places they hang out at, ask their friends and tell them they are not in any trouble at all, you just want them home
#5 Pray, Pray and Pray for their safe return home
#6 Above all keep a cool level head, now is not the time to cry, you need to find them ASAP.

Posted by: FrankMonzon | May 29, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

check their facebook history.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | May 29, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

This is the age when girls think it's cool to run away, so hopefully that's ALL it is and they'll be found before they get hurt! There are so many weirdos out there!! I remember when a couple of my girlfriends ran away and they hadn't even INVITED me to come along. I was SOOOO hurt! But I worried about their getting raped and murdered too. I was SO relieved when they were found (hundreds of miles away in Minneapolis!) They don't even think about the stress they are causing parents or the dangers that are out there for them at such a naive age!

Let us all pray they stay safe and are found soon!!

Posted by: Maerzie | May 29, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the Facebook and other blog connections are added fears since MY day! Kids are so vulnerable and naive at that age they can fall for any line some SICKO writes them. Any loser, hairy, sweaty old lecher pretending to be another girl with the same problems or a cute little boy who wants to meet them!! Kids don't think about the downside of anything except the visible!

Posted by: Maerzie | May 29, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

No way they're runaways. Something bad happened to them. I think girls that young would not run away, especially in a pair, because it is unlikely one could convince the other to take that drastic a step. And they are a bit young to be likely to do drugs, though they could be.

Regardless, if they are not found within a day, then it is very likely they are goners. Let's hope not.

Posted by: jackson641 | May 29, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Actually, they could be doing drugs. I knew 12 year old girls that would do LSD and go to rave parties. I knew one that lived way down River Road in a mansion. Her family was dysfunctional with the parents divorced and she told me that she routinely did acid and went to these parties. She was white and went to Holton Armes.

Girls can be very intelligent at that age and very confused as well. They get exposed to some bad things and peer pressure is tremendous. It is all about parenting. They need a father figure and good role models.

Posted by: jackson641 | May 29, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I think the 24 hour rule for missing persons, i.e. waiting 24 hours before declaring a person missing, only applies to adults.

They're probably only mentioning it now in the newspaper since they still haven't been found, but I doubt the police waited 24 hours to start searching for them.

Posted by: barbaramusser | May 29, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

If you think I'm wrong about Wheaton, please tell me why. Wheaton is full of illegals and crime. I am not lacking comprehension. I'm drawing a connection between the neighborhood and what happened to these girls. It doesn't take a Law and Order style detective to get it.

However, being that they are teens, I do think they may have thought "let's run away." I don't think that's likely.

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 29, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Um, they did away with the 24 hour wait quite awhile ago.

The Lyon disappearance happened in 1975, not present time. At the time the area was all white.

Posted by: reneewest225 | May 30, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I can not believe that we live in an intelligent society based on the comments posted thus far.
Some offered advise to police like they are unaware of effective evidence gathering. Some target areas )other than theirs) that are crime scenes. Some just write with ignorance. Some speculate about drugs.

Shut up, folks and do something positive. Post the alert on social media, keep an eye open in the area (if you ever leave your caves) and support your police and the parents in finding these girls.

Posted by: pjohn2 | May 30, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

i hope they come back safe and sound. i send my prayers to the family.
just a they have cell phones, do either have a boyfreind or does anybody know where they are and just not telling police????

Posted by: matthewsalexis82 | May 30, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

annie (anastasia) was my best friend in elementary school (in bethesda) until i moved away. i love her so much...annie and cheyenne please come home!<3

Posted by: happycola23 | May 30, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Why hasn't there been an Amber alert? Another teen was abducted in Greenbelt and there was an Amber alert asap.

Posted by: EditorMom | May 30, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Amber Alerts are for confirmed abductions with a vehicle description

Posted by: marylandmissing | May 30, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Ok folks lets clear some things up.

There is NO 24 hour rule for reporting missing persons or children. That is something that you have picked up from television and its false.

An amber alert is issued ONLY when there is a car involved with a good description.

These girls are obviously runaways. They told their friends that they were leaving school and brought stuff with them for their journey. They will show up.

Posted by: MKadyman | May 30, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

The girl in VA was not abducted. Her parents forcefully put her in the vehicle because she was no cooperating. They were moving to Florida and she refused to get in the car.

Posted by: marylandmissing | May 30, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Any updates? Or is this one going the way of the Rachaels (Smith & Crites) or Annie McCann?



Posted by: jayrockers | May 31, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

WTOP has an update. Thanks WaPo.



Posted by: jayrockers | June 1, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

One of my good friends goes to their school. She was the person who got Cheyenne and her now ex-boyfriend, Paul together. The two broke up because Cheyenne and a few other kids thought that my friend was secretly going out with Paul, and was mad.

Posted by: greenpaintchips | June 3, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

BTW, update:
One girl, Cheyenne, she turned up, but the other girl is still missing. My friend doesnt know if she just turned up or was found, but she is sure there will be at least five different versions of the story at her school tomorrow.

Posted by: greenpaintchips | June 3, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Dear Flatbooks,

Or should it be Flathead? It's not even clear that they were at the Wheaton Mall and why knock Silver Spring? I know of no abductions from either place.

Posted by: woodybrosnan | June 4, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

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