Valley teens missing since Sunday contact parents

A boy and girl missing since Sunday have contacted their parents and told them they’re safe, Phoenix police said Saturday, Jan. 30.

Natalie Marion, 17, and Jared Smith, 16, hadn’t been heard from and their social media accounts silent since 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 24.

“(They) have contacted their parents and told them they are safe, with food and shelter,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Vincent Lewis said.

“It is not believed that they are in any danger and the exigency of their case has been lowered,” Sgt. Lewis said.

The teens are considered “runaways” at this time, he added.

Police did not provide any information about their current whereabouts.

The two teens have been dating for about eight months.

On Friday, their grief-stricken parents pleaded for help in the case.

“My skin crawls. That’s how bad it is. You feel crazy you feel like your life is out of control. It’s the worst feeling in the world,” said Miriam Schantz-Marion, Natalie’s mom.

Natalie’s sister had just flown in from New York City to help her parents search.

Natalie’s parents say she had been watching the Cardinals game at her boyfriend’s dad’s house in Mesa Sunday night and texted them, saying she was on her way home around 9:30 p.m.

About 45 minutes after that, her phone was shut off.

Her dad said they later found her car parked about 50 feet from Jared’s dad’s house.

He believes she and Jared talked for a while where the car was found then the two left and went somewhere in his car.

Around 2 a.m.Monday, about 4 ½ hours after they received the text from Natalie, Jared texted a friend asking where he could get a tent.

That text though was never responded to and soon after his phone went dead as well.

Some thought they may have gone camping on a whim, but their families say there is no way, since they don’t like the cold and both had places to be Monday morning.
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