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Mothers’ plea for their kids to call home…

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6pm update
Shannon Benfit, mother of Akneesha Silva, says she was contacted by a man who said he remembers seeing her daughter and companion Austin Neves on the beach, just below Don Davis park and the Elizabeth Inn this morning at around 4am. He said the two were obviously intoxicated drinking spiced rum. He said he didn’t know at the time that the two were being sought by their parents. She also reported that a camping tent is missing from his house which indicates that the two might be camping along the beach somewhere. Newport Police were notified on the information.

The mothers of Austin Neves, 12 and Akneesha Silva, 13 have issued a personal plea to their children who have apparently run away together from home and may still be in the Newport area. Both have been missing for over a day and their families are desperate to hear from them.

Akneesha Silva is a Lincoln City resident who commutes daily to Newport Prep and Austin Neves lives in Newport, attending the same school. Newport Police have listed both a voluntary runaways from their homes. Their families think they may be hold up in an abandoned home, or are “hanging out” with friends somewhere in the Newport area amidst adults who may not know the kids are missing.

Anyone in the area who may have seen the kids are asked to call 9-1-1 or Newport Police at 541-574-3348. Their pictures are below:


Akneesha Silva, 13
Austin Neves, 12

Adkneesha is 13 years old, is 5-7, 135 lbs, auburn hair and blue eyes. She lives in Lincoln City. Austin is about the same age, 5-3, 115lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He lives in Newport. Both attend Newport Prep, across Eads from Newport high School. Austin was believed to be wearing a red hoodie, green t-shirt, blue jeans and is wearing braces. He also is is believed to be wearing a black school type backpack. Akneesha is thought to be wearing possibly a black jacket, blue tank top, tall grey boots with black and white sox. She has purple highlights in her hair and her right ear is pierced.

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