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Police searching for two missing students

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jeffersontown Police Department needs your help in finding two juveniles after they walked away from their school on Friday, January 11, 2013.

Police say the missing teenagers are Zachary Ross and Jordan Thompson.

Ross is a 16-year-old white male, approximately 6'1" and 165 lbs. He has sandy brown to light brown hair and green eyes.

Ross was last seen wearing black sweatpants; gray colored waffle knit shirt; black Nike basketball shoes; and carrying a small black U of L drawstring bag.

Thompson is a 16-year-old white female, 5' 4'' and 120lbs. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. Thompson was last seen wearing a red U of L hoodie and black pants.

Both are students at a private school called the Academy for Individual Excellence in Jeffersontown.

Zach's mother Vanessa Ross says, "Jordan and Zach, you are in no trouble with your mom , dad, your families, we just want your safe return home. You are not in trouble in school. It's not a crime to run away."

The parents say surveillance video shows the two walking out of the glass side doors near the gym into the parking lot. But after that, they walked off of school property where the surveillance camera couldn't see. The school says it has turned over the video to police.

The school says students are not allowed to leave campus and their parents were notified as soon as teachers realized they were not in class. The Academy says it is very concerned about them and takes seriously the safety and well being of all students at their school.

Lovey Thompson, Jordan's mother says, "It's been so long and we're all so worried so upset. I have several other children, two little ones at home and they are sick without their sister."

The families say both Zach and Jordan had little cash, just one cell phone, and basically just the clothes they were wearing.

Lovey Thompson, Jordan's mother says, "She had food with her for the ball game later that night and for lunch at school. She had a little bit of money $20 or so, didn't have a lot of money."

The families say they were not boyfriend and girlfriend, as far as they know.  Olivia Ross, Zach's sister says, "I know he liked her a lot because I would hear them on the phone for her. They have little love notes that we'd seen together. You know I think they were just really good friends and I think he really has a crush on her."

Their parents say it's out of character for the two teens to disappear. They don't have their drivers licenses and both made plans for Friday night.

Vanessa Ross says, "He was excited to play basketball had games in Carrollton, Kentucky Friday night where he was set to start and play and had expressed excitement to that and mom and dad were picking him up and heading to the basketball game. So no, I don't feel like Zach Ross had the intent when he left our home Friday morning .. he had no plans to leave."

Lovey Thompson says, "Jordan and Zach please come home. Please don't worry about anything, nothing, don't worry about anything."

Vanessa Ross goes on to say, "It's a nightmare. It's unimaginable. It's something I never thought we'd be going through." The families just want the teens to call home or call a friend to let them know they are okay.

They also want people to spread the word on social media using the Twitter hashtag #findZandJ

Ross' mother says few tips have come in and no one has seen the teens since Friday. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of 16-year-old Zachary Ross and 16-year-old Jordan Thompson are asked to contact the Jeffersontown Police Department at (502) 267-0503.

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