Girls found after being reported missing took BART to San Jose

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Public's help sought in locating 11-year-olds Lizzy Madrid and Zxitlali Serrano
Zxitlali Serrano (left) and Lizzy Madrid (Photos courtesy of the Richmond Police Department)

By Mike Kinney

The 11-year-old girls who were reported missing in Richmond Thursday afternoon and were found safely later in the day reportedly boarded a BART train at the Richmond station and rode it to Berryessa Station, the last station in North San Jose, according to police.

While there, “They knocked on a front door of a local resident’s home in North San Jose because they were getting cold,” Richmond police Lt. Matthew Stonebraker said. “The resident called the San Jose Police Department and the two girls were returned home safely and reunited with their families.”

No further details were provided.

“We were relieved to hear both of these girls were returned safely back to their families,” Lt. Stonebraker said.

A community-wide search began after the girls, identified as Lizzy Madrid and Zxitlali Serrano, were last seen at Barrett and 19th avenues. Concerned community members began sharing their images and descriptions on social media, and the Richmond Police Department was notified and joined the search.