Missing girls both home safe after being at friend's homes

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Police said Quiniesha Tatiyana Milton, 15, (left) and Quiniece Tayan Milton, 11, (right) have not been seen since they left for school Thursday morning. These photos are about a year old. By Catherine Holland Police said Quiniesha Tatiyana Milton, 15, (left) and Quiniece Tayan Milton, 11, (right) have not been seen since they left for school Thursday morning. These photos are about a year old. By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are no longer looking for an 11-year-old girl who has been missing since Thursday. She returned home late Friday afternoon after being at a friend's house.

According to Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department, the girls' mother called the police just before 1 a.m. Friday. She said her two daughters, Quiniesha Tatiyana Milton, 15, and Quiniece Tayan Milton, 11, left for school at about 7:30 Thursday morning, but she had not seen or heard from them since.

The 15-year-old reportedly returned home safe on Friday afternoon and said she had been at a friend's house.

According to the mother, the girls might have caught either a city bus or their school bus near their home in the area of 48th Street and Southern Avenue.

Crump said police do not know if the girls were together, but neither was answering her cell phone. It's also not clear yet if the girls actually went to school on Thursday since the mother called police in the middle night and the school is now closed for the holiday weekend.

Police said Quiniesha, the older girl, has run away from home before -- once, a little more than a month ago -- but Quiniece has not run away before.

Quiniece (above right) is described as black female, 5 feet 1 inch tall, 90 pounds with brown eyes and black shoulder-length hair. Quiniece also has blonde highlights on her bangs and she also normally wears her hair in a ponytail. She was last seen wearing blue-and-white striped jeans, a multi-colored shirt and pink shoes. She was carrying a red backpack.

If you know anything about Quiniece, please call the Phoenix Police Missing Persons Unit at 602-534-2121 or Crime Stop at 602-262-6151. If you wish to remain anonymous, call SILENT WITNESS at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.