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Pasco Police say runaway reports are common

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PASCO, Wash.-- Parents of a 16-year-old Pasco girl stayed up through the night because they didn't know where their daughter was.

They filed a runaway report with the Pasco Police Department. Pasco police say that runaway reports are actually quite common.

The missing Pasco teenage girl was gone for twenty-four hours. The parents got a call that Pasco Police found her and were bringing her home. They found her at a friend's house. Glenda Mings says it was a nightmare worrying if her daughter was alright.

Police say runaways are typically between the ages of twelve and seventeen and they are often at a friend's house or at their other parent's home if they have one.

"It's a hard situation wondering where your child could be, what could happen to them. You don't know if they ran away. You don't know if they were abducted," says Mings.

Before police classify the case as a missing person or runaway, they ask parents questions about the minor and what happened when they were last seen.

Officers tell me almost all of the children called in missing are runaways. Missing person reports are only filed if the circumstances are suspicious and out of the norm.