Two missing Ukiah girls were found early Friday within a short distance of where they were last seen, a Mendocino County sheriff’s spokesman said.

Athena Fausset and Catrina Johnson, both 12, were spotted at 6:30 a.m. walking along a road near Grace Hudson Elementary, Capt. Greg Van Patten said.

The girls were reported missing Thursday night after leaving the nearby Ukiah Valley Boys and Girls Club.

Their disappearance was part of a planned runaway, Van Patten said.

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