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‘We are forever grateful’: Missing Paso Robles teens found in Southern California

Daniela Esquivel, 16, and Mauricio Ojeda, 17, of Paso Robles were found in Riverside County on Wednesday night.
Daniela Esquivel, 16, and Mauricio Ojeda, 17, of Paso Robles were found in Riverside County on Wednesday night.

Two teenagers from Paso Robles who went missing last week were found Wednesday night in Riverside County, according to Paso Robles police.

Daniela Esquivel, 16, and Mauricio Ojeda, 17, had been missing since March 30 and were believed to be heading to a friend’s home in Charlotte, North Carolina.

About 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputies found Esquivel and Ojeda camping in the area of Mecca Canyon near Thermal. Leads from the public helped authorities find the teenagers, according to the Paso Robles Police Department.

The couple was found to be in good condition and were turned over to Riverside County Child Protective Services to be reunited with their parents.

“God is great and has answered our prayers,” Esquivel’s mother, Alejandra Zepeda, posted on Facebook. “Thank you to to each and every single person who took the time to help. I could never begin to repay you!”

Esquivel’s aunt, Adriana Figueroa, also shared messages of gratitude on Facebook that her niece had been found.

“Thank you to everyone who help spread their story,” she wrote. “We are forever grateful to each and every one of you!”

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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