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Missing students found at Disney World

Sheriff's spokeswoman: 'We just told them to call their parents'

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Danela Alfaro-Lopez and Justin Gouveia were found on vacation at Disney World.

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ORLANDO, Florida (CNN) -- Two Michigan State University students missing since July 26 were found Saturday in a hotel near Walt Disney World, police said.

"They're fine -- according to what they told us, they were taking a vacation," said Elise Camille, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office in Orange County, Florida.

The couple, 21-year-old Justin Gouveia of Lowell, Massachusetts, and 19-year-old Danela Alfaro-Lopez of Dearborn, Michigan -- were found after police came across their blue 2002 Kia Rio during a routine check in the parking lot of the Inn Town Suites just outside Orlando, Camille said.

Alfaro-Lopez told police that her mother told her not to travel with her boyfriend to Florida from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and, to avoid being found, they did not use their cell phones or credit cards, Camille said.

"She said she was 19 and was going to do whatever she wanted to," Camille said. "We just told them to call their parents."

Whether they return to their families "is up to them," she said. "No crime has been committed. We cannot tell them to go back home. They are adults. It's really up to them."

The couple met three years ago at Disney World, and Gouveia transferred to Michigan State University to be with Alfaro-Lopez.

"I'm so grateful that they're found," said Susan Flynn, Gouveia's great aunt, who was reached at the parents' home in Lowell. "At the same time, I'm so confused as to why my nephew would ever put his mom and dad through this. I just can't believe that part. I just can't believe that they did this."

Gouveia was interning this summer with the Boston Harbor unit of the Massachusetts State Police. After their Cape Cod vacation, they had told their parents they planned to visit Gouveia's parents in Maine, Flynn said.

Both are pre-law students.


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