UPDATE: Search for 7 siblings missing in Calif. has happy ending
FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE) – Police in California say seven missing siblings who disappeared last weekend have been found safe.
KGPE reports that Fresno police confirmed late Thursday that the seven children were found safe at the father’s home in Sacramento.
“FBI Task Force For Crimes Against Children found the children unharmed and in good spirits,” police said in a statement.
Police had assumed the kids, four boys and three girls who range in age from 5 to 12 years old, were with their biological father. The children had last been seen Saturday playing around their apartment.
Chan Vang, a neighbor who lives nearby, spotted the children’s mother and stepfather make a quick run to the grocery store. He said they left their eldest, a 12-year-old boy to babysit. When they came back, the children and their belongings were all gone.
“The house was clear. No kids were inside of the house and all of the clothes were missing,” Fresno Police Lt. Jeff Motoyasu said.
Police said the children’s father has been estranged from the family for the last three years. However, he did did visit them in December.
“We don’t believe kids are at risk [and] biological mom doesn’t think they are at risk. Think it’s dad who didn’t see them prior to the December date,” Motoyasu said on Thursday.
According to police, there are no child custody documents on file and the biological father is legally allowed to have the kids.
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