Police are frantically searching for two young girls in Houston, Texas, who never made it to school Tuesday morning—and fear a troubling Facebook game called “48-Hour Challenge” might be behind their disappearance.
The girls, 13-year-old Mary Tran Le and 12-year-old Tianny Granja, were last seen around 7:30 a.m. walking to the bus stop for Owens Middle School, but they never made it on board.
“They were talking about the challenge the other day,” Dayanna Gomez, Tianny’s mother, said. “I just want to find my daughter, and I hope she is just hiding and not in danger.”
Mary is 13 years old and is described as standing 4′ 11” tall and weighing 65 pounds. She has black hair with brown tips and brown eyes. Her family says she has an olive complexion and pierced ears. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue pants, and red sneakers.
Tianny is 12 years old and is described as standing 5′ 3” tall and weighing 120 pounds. She has brown curly hair with red tips and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white shirt, khaki pants and sneakers.
The 48-hour Challenge encourages teenagers to go “fake missing” for two days in the name of social-media notoriety, as they earn “points” with every social mention about their disappearance.
Both girls’ cellphones are turned off.