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Two girls found safe after wandering away from school

Posted May 3, 2010 2:49 p.m. EDT
Updated May 4, 2010 5:51 p.m. EDT

— Police said two 8-year-old girls who disappeared from a private Cary school Monday afternoon were found safe after wandering away from the playground.

The children – identified as Kaycee Formont and Liya Chen – were reported missing from the Heartwood Montessori School, at 112 Byrum St., around 1:30 p.m.

They were found shortly before 4 p.m., about a half mile away near Forest Green Drive, authorities said.

According to its Web site, the school is a private school for children ages 18 months to 15 years old.

School director Sue Daniel described Monday's incident as "kids being kids."

"It was sort of a prank. They decided to hop over the back fence, and they went out into the woods from there," Daniel said. "Their parents are relieved, and we're all relieved they are safe, and we hope this will never happen again."

About 30 emergency workers, including a police K-9 unit from Morrisville searched the perimeter of the school for about three hours.