Police in North Carolina, US, has issued a warning to parents after two girls went missing in the area.
The warning comes after Mary Tran Le, 13, and Tianny Granja, 12, from Houston, Texas, were reported missing last Tuesday, when they didn’t turn up for their school bus.
They have since been found but their parents have revealed they think the girls did it as part of the 48-hour challenge, a game where kids as young as 14 are going missing for days at a time.
For every frantic status on Facebook or Twitter that family members post, the ‘missing’ kids get points.
Tianny’s mother Dayanna Gomez said: ‘They were talking about the challenge the other day. I just want to find my daughter, and I hope she is just hiding and not in danger.’
The girls’ disappearance has prompted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina to issue a warning to parents saying that while they haven’t had any reports, they should speak to their children about it.
It read: ‘We are not trying to cause a panic amongst our community and we are not aware of any reports being taken for this now, but we would not be doing our job if we didn’t make you aware of a new “challenge” that could become an issue.
‘We were made aware of a “48-hour challenge” involving kids. The challenge encourages teens to go missing for up to 2 days at a time and awards points for every social media mention while they are missing. This is all we know about the challenge, we do not know if there is a date and time associated with it, areas of the country, or anything. We have seen a few news articles about the challenge and would encourage you to educate yourself as much as you can.
‘We encourage parents to talk to their children about social media, what types they are using, what they post, who they are messaging, the dangers, etc.’
Two years ago, a child’s disappearance in County Derry was also linked to the game. They were found 55 hours later in a totally different town.