2006-09-08 / Community

Two Missing Girls Return Home

By Brian Magoolaghan

Two teenage girls whose stories were told in The Wave - after their desperate relatives asked for the public's help in finding them - have returned home safely, The Wave has learned.

Angela Hutchingson, 16, was back home Saturday, August 26, one day after she got word that her worried mother had intensified the search by circulating posters and contacting this newspaper, her older sister and her mother told The Wave.

A detective from the NYPD's Missing Persons Squad spoke to Hutchinson by telephone and convinced the girl, who ran away, to come home, the girl's mother, Veronica Hutchinson, said. Angela had been in Florida with a male and female acquaintance, Veronica said. She declined to elaborate further. "I'm just happy to see that she's OK," the girl's mother said.

Kiara Hawkins, another missing girl whose story was told in The Wave in May, also returned home safe. Hawkins, 13, returned to foster care on May 30, according to Alyson Gladle, a spokesperson for the Little Flower Children and Family Services of NY, the agency handling her case.

The May 26 issue of The Wave included a report on Hawkins' disappearance with this heartfelt message from her grandmother, Aloha Evans: "I love you unconditionally. I'm your granny, you don't have to run and you don't have to hide."

Gladle said Hawkins "returned on her own, safe and unharmed."

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