(KPIX 5) – The U.S. State Department officially confirmed Wednesday that the Oakland couple missing in Peru on a bike trip has been found safe and sound.

Twenty-five-year-old Jamie Neal and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Garrett Hand, were in the midst of a six-month trek through South America when their frequent Facebook messages and phone calls stopped coming after the two boarded a bus in Peru on Jan. 25.

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“We are pleased to confirm that the U.S. citizens reported as missing in Peru have been located and are safe,” said State Department spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala in a written statement.

“We appreciate the tremendous efforts of the Peruvian National Police and the Government of Peru in locating these individuals,” Jhunjhunwala said.

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