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Missing girls who ran away from local group home found dead in Mesa water basin

Police said the two teenagers had been reported as runaways from a local group home.

MESA, Ariz. — Two teenage girls were found dead in a water retention basin Saturday night, the Mesa Police Department said.

Officers were dispatched to a basin near Higley Roady and Southern Avenue at about 6 p.m. Saturday. The officers reported finding the bodies of two teenage girls in the water.

The deceased girls have been identified as 17-year-old Sitlalli Avelar and 15-year-old Kamryn Meyers. Investigators are still trying to determine how they died.

Both were reported as runaways on Jan. 7 from a nearby group home in Mesa.

Anyone with information about the case can call 480-644-2211. 

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story stated the girls were found Sunday night. Police later corrected their statement, clarifying that they were actually found Saturday night.

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