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2 children missing in Wisconsin Rapids found safe

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -

Two children who were reported missing in Wisconsin Rapids were found safe Sunday night.

The parents of 12-year-old Ronan Waddington and his 8-year-old sister Feya said the kids were playing at a neighbor's home and were supposed to be back by 5 p.m.

When they didn't return, the parents checked and they had left the neighbor's house on bikes.

They road a few blocks away to a house next to their old home on Franklin Street, where they were found just before 10 p.m.

They were playing in the basement with the kids who live there, and their bikes were away from the street, hidden from view.

"I collapsed and I grabbed both of them," said Russell Waddington. "And I asked them where they'd been, even though I knew they had been there."

Waddington also said several neighbors jumped in to try and help find them, and is extremely thankful for their efforts. 

The children's parents said Ronan has high-functioning autism, and he has strayed off in the past - but never for this long.

After Sunday's scare, they said they're going to get him a tracking bracelet so they know where he is at all times. 

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