The two missing teenagers last seen in Algonquin Park have been found safe, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) confirmed Monday at noon.
Earlier, the OPP had said a “major search” was underway for Maya Mirota and Marta Malek, who were missing since the morning of July 11. The 16-year-old girls were reported missing last Friday at around 10 p.m. ET.
“The girls had been supposed to rendezvous with the rest of their group that day. When they failed to arrive at the meeting point, the OPP was contacted,” police said in a news release.
Multiple media outlets reported the girls were on a group camping trip when they went missing.
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Provincial police had dispatched members of the OPP Emergency Response Team, front-line officers and canine units to help with the search. They are joined by park wardens and members of the Ontario Search and Rescue Association, authorities say.
An OPP helicopter and a Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests floatplane were assisting, as well.
The teens from the Kitchener, Ont., area were travelling on the Western Uplands Trail between Rainbow Lake and Susan Lake in the southeastern Ontario provincial park, according to police.
“They did have a tent, other camping equipment and limited supplies,” the OPP said.
A Facebook group dedicated to finding the missing teens was created Sunday, but volunteers were asked to avoid the area. Police say having more people involved in the search “could hinder potential tracking efforts by the dogs and increase the possibility of someone else getting lost.”
Mirota was described as being around five feet tall with a thin build and long auburn hair, while Malek is believed to be around six feet tall with an average build, shoulder length dirty blond hair and glasses.
MISSING: #OPP requesting public assistance in locating 16 yr olds Maya MIROTA and Marta MALEK, both last seen travelling on Western Uplands Trail near Rainbow Lake, Algonquin Park. Call 1-888-310-1122 with any information. ^jt pic.twitter.com/YiFw6mjCJt— OPPCommunicationsER (@OPP_COMM_ER) July 13, 2019
UPDATE: #OPP is still searching for two missing 16 year old females, Maya MIROTA and Marta MALEK. Please see below for photos of both females. If you have any information, please call 1-888-310-1122. ^kw pic.twitter.com/Z7urKDgauD— OPPCommunicationsER (@OPP_COMM_ER) July 14, 2019
UPDATE: #OPP continues the search for two missing 16 year old females, Maya MIROTA and Marta MALEK - last seen on Western Uplands Trail Algonquin Park on July 11th. Below are updated photos taken while in the park. If you have any information, please call 1-888-310-1122. ^kw pic.twitter.com/BM6oGv1hRN— OPPCommunicationsER (@OPP_COMM_ER) July 15, 2019
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