Florida Police Search for Missing Star-Crossed Lovers

Samantha Delgado was originally thought to be kidnapped, but now officials think she may have ran away with boyfriend Fabel Escalante.
2:12 | 12/28/14

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Transcript for Florida Police Search for Missing Star-Crossed Lovers
First a young couple at the center of what some might call a Romeo and Juliette story. Their parents desperately pleading for their return and ABC's Mara schiavocampo joins us with the latest. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. It does sound like a shakespearian love story but their families are hoping for a happy ending. The pair, just 16 and 20, have known each other since they were kids and now, it turns out, have been secretly dating for months. Police believe they've disappeared together and they want them to come home. 16-year-old Samantha delgado and 20-year-old Fabel escalato missing for over week. Possibly star crossed lovers. Samantha, a coral gabls high school student, was last seen when her mother dropped her off at school. Originally fearing she was kidnapped, the family and private investigator working on the case, now say she ran away with Escalante. We believe she's okay and they're together and scared. Reporter: They met as neighbors when they were children. Their romantic relationship was forbidden due to his criminal past. Despite this, the family now standing together at a news conference Friday with the shared mission of bringing their loved ones home. She's welcome to come home together. If they're a couple or they're just friends, to come, because their parents are worried. Reporter: Private investigator Joseph Carollo translating for Samantha's father. Even though he doesn't agree with the relationship, he understands now that there are other ways to handle this. Reporter: That same plea for the same return of the young lovers echoed by his father. Because of the love, please come back. Reporter: A warrant has been issued for his arrest but Samantha's family say they don't want to press charges. Authorities aren't certain if she went with him willingly. They just want them to come home. Mara, thanks for that story. Let's turn it over to Ron for an update on our top story.

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