DALLAS — Dallas police found two sisters who disappeared Tuesday afternoon in the woods behind their Oak Cliff apartment complex Wednesday morning.
Dallas Police Lt. Max Geron said nine-year-old Adriana Castillo was the "mastermind" of the runaway and talked her 11-year-old sister, Ali Abrego, into leaving Tuesday because they were upset about something at home. The girls packed a bag with blankets and provisions and spent the night alone in the woods.
Geron said the family has no history of investigations from Child Protective Services, but CPS will be following up with the family after this incident.
Because one of the girls was younger than 10 years old, Adriana Castillo was considered "critically missing." That prompted a large-scale search Tuesday after the girls' mother said she could not find her daughters at about 8 p.m. Tuesday when she returned from work.
Police said the two girls were last seen around 4 p.m. Monday near the wooded area behind the Mariposa Villas Apartment Homes on Duncanville Road.
Authorities searched the area Tuesday night with bloodhounds and a helicopter, but came up empty. The brush was reportedly too dense for the helicopter to pick up the girls' heat signature.
Police picked up the older girl's cell phone signal just before 8 a.m. coming from the wooded area and resumed their search before finding the girls.
Lt. Geron said there were no indications the girls had been harmed in and they were fine, if a little chilly, when they were found Wednesday morning. The siblings were reunited with their parents at the Dallas Police Department's headquarters.
The girls told police they were tired, because they had only slept a couple hours because "the woodpeckers kept them up." The girls had left notes indicating they were running away, but those notes were not seen until after the girls were found.
WFAA's Marjorie Owens and Josh Davis contributed to this report