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Mothers of kidnapped teens speak on life after the attack

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Posted at 9:24 PM, Sep 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-18 11:57:44-04

BOUNTIFUL, Utah - It's been a week since two Bountiful teen girls were kidnapped and held for 19 hours.

The girls were found alive in Santaquin.

As police continue to investigate, the teens' mothers are speaking out with the hope of generating new leads in the case.

Two girls, ages 16 and 17, were abducted last week on a residential street in Bountiful.

One mother said, "Around 11 o'clock that night they did snapchat everyone saying they were going on a walk. Around 11:45 they only sent snapchats to a few people, only a couple coworkers, that they were being followed."

According to their mothers, the girls refused a ride from three people in a red SUV and that's when things got violent.

"The two men jumped out, they grabbed them, they beat them, they threw them back in the back of the car. They were driving for an extended period of time with extended stops and every time the girls moved or whimpered or cried they would hit them or cut them and threaten to kill them," the mother of the 16-year-old girl said.

Police said the girls were held for 19 hours before they got out of the duct tape restraining them, escaped through the back of the car and ran for help.

Having hit dead ends on their leads so far, Bountiful Police are still asking for the public's help in this case.

"That's typically what we run into is a lot of dead ends until that key piece of information comes in that helps us break the case," Bountiful Lt. Dave Edwards said.

We're told the girls are still recovering from cuts and bruises and are scared to be alone.

One mom said, "They're both clingy. My daughter, she's pretty much gone everywhere with me, everywhere. She's paranoid even if I go upstairs."

The other mom said, "Right now, my entire house is on lockdown. Nobody is going anywhere. Nobody goes outside by themselves. We don't know if these people know where we live. We're just taking every precaution until we know more."

Officials are searching for three suspects:

* White male between the ages of 20 and 25, with light brown hair, slender build, medium height with a tattoo on his left arm.
* White male between the ages of 30 and 35, dark brown hair, medium build and tall.
* White female age 25 to 35 with blonde hair, heavy-set, medium height.

Bountiful Police are hoping to hear from any of the motorists who may have passed these girls as they were trying to flag down help in Santaquin.

They said any additional information could be critical in tracking down that red SUV and possibly the suspects.