2 Columbia residents found in Kansas after being reported missing

Sunday, February 23, 2014 | 4:23 p.m. CST; updated 7:42 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 23, 2014

COLUMBIA — Two Columbia residents who went missing Sunday morning were found by Kansas law enforcement officers south of Topeka.

Lauren Pond, 23, and Stephen Clithero, 32, went missing this weekend. Pond was reported missing Sunday morning from an independent living home, and Clithero was reported missing by his parents Saturday night.

Columbia police were contacted by Kansas law enforcement officers shortly after 2:30 p.m. Sunday and told that the pair had been located south of Topeka on Highway 35, according to a Columbia Police Department news release. Pond and Clithero were not injured, and their families were heading to Kansas to be with them.

Pond and Clithero stayed at a hotel in Boonville Saturday night but left Sunday morning.

Prior to their discovery, officer Latisha Stroer said police had "connected with agencies along I-70 and the Kansas State Police," and police were also trying to make contact with Pond and Clithero by calling their cell phones.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.

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