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Two girls missing from Ponderosa Elementary School after group of kids leave campus

May 24, 2019

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies are searching for two girls who went missing from Ponderosa Elementary School on Friday afternoon.

The girls were part of a group of five students that walked away from afternoon recess at about 1 p.m., said Marla Nunberg, spokesperson Central Valley School District. Three students were quickly located, however, two girls still remain missing.

The two girls are Marayja Claassen, 11, and Addison Mercer, 12, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Claassen is described as 5 feet tall and 120 pounds with brown hair. She was last seen wearing a brown hoodie and black pants, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Mercer is about 5 feet tall and weighs 100 lbs. She has brown hair and was last seen wearing a light green jacket, a pink t-shirt and a pink headband.

Nunberg said sheriff’s deputies are searching the area, including by air with a helicopter. The school, at 10105 E. Cimmaron Drive, is surrounded by homes and the Dishman Hills Conservation Area to the east.

“We’re just concerned for the two students that are missing,” said Nunberg.

The kids’ parents have been notified, Nunberg said. Authorities do not believe the children were abducted.

This story is developing.

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