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Sandra Chapman/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis, June 7, 2004 - The search is on right here in Indianapolis for two Chicago girls who've been missing for three years. Detectives followed up on tips that two people saw the girls in two different locations in Indianapolis.

Two little girls at a southside community day in Garfield Park caught the eye of Indianapolis firefighter Mark Banks. In a crowd of children clamoring for police and firefighter goodies, the girls stood out.

"These two little girls were not screaming and hollering," Banks said.  "They were standing in line and they were very well-mannered."

Nearly a month later, Banks believed he saw them again while working as a reserve Lawrence police officer.  This time he saw the girls' pictures posted on a bulletin board for missing children.

The poster identifies Diamond and Tionda Bradley - sisters who disappeared from their Chicago home July 6, 2001.  Diamond was two-years-old at the time.

A computerized photo (right) shows what she might look like now as a five-year old.  

Sister Tionda's computer image shows her as a 12-year-old.  

The pictures jog Banks' memory, "I look at those.  I looked and looked and I thought 'I know I've seen these two little girls some place.' She looks identical to her, to the little girl that was standing in line," Banks said while looking at the computer enhancements.  "And that looks like her sister."

Banks reported his suspicions to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and sat down with Chicago investigators. 

Cold case investigators from Chicago alerted Lawrence police of a possible sighting at Thursday's nightshift roll call.   Fliers hit the street Friday. 

Another spotting was reported just miles away at the Wal-Mart superstore. 

Wal-Mart managers were unavailable for comment, but Lawrence police say investigators are reviewing surveillance tapes. 

Monday, Indianapolis Public Schools received notices from Chicago police asking them to check their school rolls for students who may resemble these girls.

Two credible leads raise high hopes of bringing two little girls home.