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Girls who vanished after mom took them for dinner found safe

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The Navajo County Sheriff's Office says Marisol Ruiz, 25, vanished with her daughters, Ciana, 6 (top) and Analiyah, 4. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) The Navajo County Sheriff's Office says Marisol Ruiz, 25, vanished with her daughters, Ciana, 6 (top) and Analiyah, 4. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
Ciana Ruiz (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) Ciana Ruiz (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
Analiyah Ruiz (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) Analiyah Ruiz (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
Marisol Ruiz (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) Marisol Ruiz (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
LAKESIDE, AZ (AP) -

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office says the two young girls who vanished after their mother took them out for pizza in Lakeside have been found and are safe.

According to NCSO and the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Marisol Ruiz, 25, does not have custody of the children. The agency described her as “a drug user and has no established residency or means to take care of her children.”

Ruiz took the girls -- Ciana, 6, and Analiyah, 4 -- out to dinner at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. She never returned and the children have not been seen since.

Although this incident did not trigger an Amber Alert, DPS did issue a Missing Endangered Person Advisory at 3:30 Thursday morning.

NCSO posted to Facebook shortly before 9 a.m., saying that Ciana and Analiyah had been found and were safe.

There was no information about where they were all night.

Pinetop-Lakeside is about 3.5 hours northeast of Phoenix, about 20 minutes south of Show Low.

In Arizona, a situation must meet three specific requirements for an Amber Alert to be issued, according to DPS.

  1. An abduction of a child (under 18) has occurred.
  2. The abduction process poses a credible threat of immediate danger of serious bodily injury [or] death to the child.
  3. A law enforcement agency has determined that the child is not a runaway and has not been abducted as a result of a child custody dispute, unless the dispute poses a credible and or specific threat of serious bodily harm or death to the child. 

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