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Michigan Teenage Runaways Found In Uptown

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CHICAGO (CBS) – A very young Michigan couple – missing for almost two weeks – has been located in Chicago, thanks to an Uptown resident walking his dog.

They’ve been described as the Romeo and Juliet couple of Michigan: Just 13 and 14. They ran away from their homes on August 26, the boy taking his family’s SUV.

Now – Chicago Police Sergeant Tim Edeling tells WBBM they were spotted at Broadway and Sheridan.

“A passerby walking his dog noticed a Ford Explorer with two heads in it and realized (after) watching the morning news that they were talking about two kids – 13- and 14-year-old runaways – and he thought it was them. He’d heard the plate broadcast.

“He called 911 and responded, and sure enough. The two kids were in the back seat, sleeping.”

Edeling says he asked the two if something bad was going on back in their homes to cause them to run away.

“And they said, ‘No, we just ran away because our parents didn’t want us to be together.'”

Sergeant Edeling says the Explorer was out of gas and the teenagers – 14-year-old Braxton Wood and his 13-year-old girlfriend Jayden Thomas – were tired and hungry and out of money.

He says the couple’s parents were called.