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Missing teens found

Published: Monday, March 31, 2014 2:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014 6:00 p.m. CDT
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Devan Green and Sonya Mason who had been missing since about 1 a.m. Sunday, were located in Seneca.

SENECA -- Two missing teenagers who ran away together in the early morning hours Sunday have been found in Seneca. 

"They have been located in the Seneca area and both have been returned to their parents," a LaSalle County Sheriff's department spokesman said via a voicemail to the Morris Daily Herald. 

The families of Devan Green of Marseilles and Sonya Mason of Earlville, formerly of Marseilles, had been searching for the teenagers since Sunday morning when it was discovered they were missing. 

One of Green's family members were looking along the canal path in Seneca Monday afternoon and spotted him. She reported he was heading to the BP when he was spotted. Green then led them to Mason, said Jennifer Jurcak, friend of Mason's mother who Mason was staying with when she ran away early Sunday morning. 

Fifteen-year-old Green told his mother he was spending the night at his friend's home on Saturday night, and 16-year-old Mason arranged to spend the night at Jurcak's.

The teens disappeared sometime overnight. Before they were found, it was reported there was a possible sighting of the two Sunday in Morris, according to a tip the families received on Facebook. 

"We assume they are together," said Jamie Stewart, Green's mother, before they were found. "He packed a bag and told his friend he planned on running away, we found out later in the investigation."

No one was aware the Green was missing until 10 a.m. Sunday when Stewart received a call from Mason's family asking if she had seen Mason. Stewart called the home of the friend where Green was supposed to spend the night and found out he was gone.

"He left their home and told them he was coming home, he never did," Stewart said.

According to Jurcak, the two juveniles formerly dated and went to homecoming at Seneca High School together last fall, but had since broke up, according to what the families knew. 

Mason previously lived in rural Marseilles and attended Newark High School.

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