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      Officials search for two missing teenage girls

      Shaniqua Dixon

      COLUMBIA (WACH) ?? Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is requested the community??s assistance in locating two teens.

      Sheriff Lott stated that two young teens from Richland County have been missing since January 2014. The time frame of their absence and because both are most likely receiving either assistance or money from someone or source, the Sheriff is asking for assistance in locating them and returning them to safety.

      Raquel Cruz, 15, is a Hispanic female that has been missing since January 8, 2014. Lott stated that Raquel has called home several times since she ran away, but investigators have no specific leads on her location.

      Shaniqua Dixon, 15, is a black female that has been missing since January 14, 2014. Investigators have no specific leads on her location at this time.

      Although these two cases are unrelated, their circumstances are similar and are cause for concern.

      Anyone with information on their location should call, email or text your anonymous tip to 1-888-CRIME-SC.