PLYMOUTH (CBS) — Two nine-year-old girls from Plymouth who went missing after school Wednesday have been found safe in Maine and reunited with their father.

The girls were last seen around 4 p.m. when they were dropped off at their bus stop on Pilgrim Hill Road. They were not met by a parent.

After reviewing surveillance video in the area, police identified a man who took the girls from a nearby store. He was later identified as the mother’s boyfriend.

Police launched a massive search and the girls were later found in Lewiston, Maine with their mother and her boyfriend.

The father of the girls has full custody of them in Plymouth.

“It doesn’t appear they were harmed in any way but it does appear they were forcibly taken. The boyfriend is definitely the one that took the girls. We don’t know if the mother was with him or not, we have no reason to think she was but we don’t know,” explained Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri.

The father was reunited with his daughters overnight. (WBZ-TV)

“My babies are home,” the father told reporters early Thursday as his daughters were returned to him in Plymouth.  “I’m elated.”

Chereese Ford. (Photo credit: Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department)

The mother, 35-year-old Chereese Ford, and her 38-year-old boyfriend, Craig Beaudoin, were arrested in Maine and charged with kidnapping.

Craig Beaudoin (Photo credit: Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department)

Both are set to appear in Lewiston, Maine District Court Thursday afternoon.

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