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Missing Durham County girls return home safely

Posted April 1, 2015

— Two girls who got lost in the woods near their home in Durham County were happy to be back with family members Wednesday after a scary night.

Sisters Aubrey and Kelsey Fletcher, ages 14 and 12, couldn't find their way back home late Tuesday after leaving their Southview Road home for a walk. The home is in a rural part of eastern Durham County, near the Falls Lake State Recreation Area.

The girls left at about 2 p.m. Tuesday and didn't return home until about 8 a.m. Wednesday.

"Well, we started to go on a walk and then we went up back behind the house," Aubrey Fletcher said. "We were just walking, sat down and talked. It was getting dark where we were. We couldn't see anything."

As it got later and colder, the girls decided to try to sleep.

"It wasn't very comfortable," Aubrey said.

"You could hear small things all night, and it was horrible," Kelsey Fletcher said. "We heard this group of deer, and it was scary."

The girls' mother, Elaine Fletcher, said she tried to stay calm after reporting her children missing to authorities at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"I stayed focused that they were lost in the woods, so I stayed up and kept thinking of anything else I could do," she said. "Just praising the lord that they're safe. There was a lot of prayers last night, including myself, and a lot of answered prayers this morning."

Durham County deputies spent part of the evening Tuesday looking for the girls and had planned a more extensive search Wednesday morning before they returned home.

Aubrey said she and her sister learned a valuable lesson despite their scary night.

"Don't leave when mom's gone, always bring a phone if you go on a walk," she said.


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  • Sherrill Craig Apr 1, 2015
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    Sorry. Ain't buying it.

  • Peter Panda Apr 1, 2015
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    If I were them I'd be embarrassed to have my picture plastered all over the news because I got lost.

  • Darin Curtis Apr 1, 2015
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    Not buying it. I would come up with the same story if I got picked by some friends and went out all night doing all the things you get locked up for. Its smart on their part.

  • Edward Anderson Apr 1, 2015
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    Interesting "lesson learned"....have they never been to a location without cell service? Cell phone ain't gonna do you a bit of good if there's not a tower within distance....or maybe I'm just living in the past.

  • Collin McLoud Apr 1, 2015
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    Speaking from experience?

  • Collin McLoud Apr 1, 2015
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    In contrast to the Durham mother that didn't care enough about her daughter to report her missing?

  • Ginger Lynn Apr 1, 2015
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    I believe them. I have 3 older teens. There is no way they could arrange for a disappearance with their friends without their cell phones. They just can't function without them. They would have arranged meetings through text or FB. The parents and cops probably already scoured their fb, twitter,etc accounts for the girls and their friends and found nothing.

  • Christopher Rose Apr 1, 2015
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    Yeah something is very fishy about this story to me. And I'm sure it involves teenage boys or other teenage friends.

  • Christopher Byrne Apr 1, 2015
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    At least this mother showed concern and reported them missing that evening..... Better they are home than someplace else unbeknown to Mom.
    As far as the skeptic who believes they had a fun night out, it's hard not to think of that.

  • Sarcoi Dosis Apr 1, 2015
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    Finally, a story with a Happy Ending! Tired of reading nothing but Bad news. I'm shocked they didn't have a cell phone with GPS, in this day and age ;-)