THOUSAND OAKS (CBSLA.com) —Deputies Thursday were searching for two teenagers who have gone missing in Ventura County.
The family of Nicholas Marino, 13, reported him missing around 1 a.m. Authorities then visited his girlfriend’s house, 14-year-old Kaylee Rebert, and discovered she was also nowhere to be found.
CBS2’s Amy Johnson reports that the teens are “at risk and possibly suicidal.”
A K-9 unit led deputies to Wildwood Park, 928 W. Avenida De Los Arboles, where they are focusing their search. Authorities said the teens regularly spend time at the park.
At least 50 Ventura County sheriff’s deputies and Search and Rescue team members responded to the scene.
“The fact that there is indication that they are suicidal, their ages, and yes, of course, with the terrain and the weather,” Senior Deputy Tim Lohman said explaining why search and rescue crews were becoming increasingly concerned.
Wildwood Park is 1,732 acres with a 40-foot waterfall, and it is adjacent to an additional 1,397 acres of open space.
Chris Marino, Nicholas’ mother, went on KCAL9 to plead with her son to come home.
“Please come home,” she said. “I want you to know that we love you and miss you. You’re a huge part of our family. Without you, it’d be super devastating.”
Dan Rebert, Kaylee’s father, said, “You’re not going to be in any trouble, Kaylee. We just want you to come home safely. Kaylee, we love you and miss you very much. We’ve never been so concerned for you safety. We just want you to come home. You’re in no trouble at all. None at all. Just come home.”
Rebert spent hours putting up fliers all over Thousand Oaks Thursday evening. “I just can’t sit home and do nothing.”
He told KCAL9’s Suraya Fadel, “You keep thinking you’re going to wake up from a bad dream.”
Both Chris and Kaylee are students at Redwood Middle School.
Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.