CORAL SPRINGS (CBSMiami) — Twins from Coral Springs reported missing earlier this week are back home.
Coral Springs police said Friday morning that Rickhia and Nicolette McClam, age 12, were safe but that an investigation continues into the events that led to their disappearance.
Police say the girls were found at their godmother’s Pompano Beach home.
“We just want everybody to know, thank you for your prayers and your support, ” said their grandmother. “The girls are home. They’re safe. Thank God,” said their grandmother Gwen Lisker.
CBS4’s Joan Murray asked her, “Did they say why they went?”
“We can’t discuss that,” said their grandmother. “We’re just glad that their home.”
A neighbor of the godmother in Pompano Beach said the girls were frequent visitors.
“I thought they were family,” said Betty Dempsey.
Just a day before, their father Rickey McClam, was asking for the girls to return home during a press conference. Police believed they had run away after they were last seen Tuesday in the area of N.W. 85th Avenue and N.W. 35th Street around 6:45 a.m.
Officers said their father has full custody of the girls but their mother had come down to visit them from New York earlier this week. That’s when they said the girls started talking about running away, according to the police report.
A police report on the case said the girls did not show up for school on Tuesday and they left a note saying they were running away because of their father’s unrealistic standards.
Coral Springs Police said the girls had left with some cash, clothes and their iPods, but no cellphones. They said the girls did not use social media while they were missing.
Coral Springs Police believed they were trying to head to New York City. Police feel strongly that this is a custody issue.
Harboring children is considered a criminal offense. No word on if anyone will be charged.
If the children were being harbored, that could lead to criminal charges.