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Missing teens

Sioux County authorities are searching for two missing 16-year-olds. Samantha Zeutenhorst, left, and Ellie North are pictured above. 

ORANGE CITY, Iowa | A pair of 16-year-old girls who went missing from Orange City Friday night have been located safely. 

Chad VanRavenswaay, a police officer with the Orange City Police Department, said because Samantha Zeutenhorst and Ellie North are underage, he couldn't release any information about where they were found or where they were originally going to. 

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The Sioux County Sheriff's Office is looking for information on the whereabouts of two 16-year-old girls who went missing late Thursday. 

The sheriff's office posted an alert online early Friday morning that Samantha Zeutenhorst and Ellie North, both 16, were last seen in Orange City in a black 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix with Iowa license plate DPA-561. 

Officer Trey Niemyer with the Orange City Police Department told the Journal the girls left one of their residences around 10 p.m. Thursday. Their direction of travel is unknown. 

Niemyer said police tried to locate the girls via cellphone pings but have so far been unsuccessful.

Authorities released photographs of the two missing teens Friday afternoon. 

Anyone with information can contact the Sioux County Sheriff's Office at 712-737-3307 or text a tip with the words "TIP SIOUX" followed by a message to 888777.

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