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Missing Girls Last Seen Outside High School in Ravenswood Found Safe

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UPDATE:

Two girls reported missing earlier this week from Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood have been found safe, police said.

Izebella Deleon and Sujeily Zepeda, both age 15, were located, Chicago police said at approximately 10 p.m. Thursday.

Additional information wasn't immediately available.

EARLIER:

Family and friends continue to search for two teenage girls that have been reported missing since last week from Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood, according to authorities.

Izebella Deleon and Sujeily Zepeda, both age 15, were last seen the morning of Nov. 19 outside Amundsen High School, located at 5110 N. Damen Ave., police said.

In a statement posted on social media, Amundsen High School principal Anna Pavichevich said she knows that the events have caused "tremendous anxiety around the safety and security of all students," though she doesn't believe there is a connection to the school.

"Please know that at this time, beyond being Amundsen students, there is no indication that this disappearance has any direct connection to our school or other Amundsen students," the statement read.

Deleon is 5-foot-4 and also goes by Bella and Ezi. Zepeda is 5-foot-2 and was wearing a gray jacket, pink pants and white shoes.

Police said the girls were considered at "high risk" as officials are unaware of the girls' locations and their circumstances indicate that they may be at risk of injury or death.

Families of the two girls gathered Wednesday evening to pass out flyers and speak to the public about the latest information, with parents sending a message two their daughters.

"We're getting the word out where everybody can see her and find her and spread the word. I just want you to come home, Bella, please. I miss you so much, please, please," Deleon's mom Misti Bijarro said Wednesday.

"We just want her to understand that we love her and she's safe and she has a loving family who cares," Antioni Trejo, Zepeda's father, said.

At Amundsen High School, parents and students said the recent events have sent shock waves and anxiety through the community.

"It's scary. It's scary because you drop off your kids sometimes -- some kids take the bus -- but I drop off my son and pick him up from school," said Amundsen High School parent Jesse Perez, who picked up her child from school after hearing of the missing girls.

Some students told NBC 5 they are working to share information about the girls on social media, as well as look online for clues concerning their whereabouts.

"It's kinda scary and it's also kinda nerve-wracking because as we jump back from a difficult year already," said high school classmate Martin Ortiz.

Anyone with information can call Area Five detectives at (312) 746-6554.

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