Three kids allegedly kidnapped from their Missouri home by their mother have been found alive in Texas three years later.
Daniel, 9, David, 6, and Ariana Olivera, 3, were found Thursday in Arlington, Texas, KSHB in Kansas City reports.
U.S. Marshals and local task force officers found the three children, along with their mother Shawn Rodriguez, 42. Rodriguez is accused of abducting all three children from Saline County, Missouri back in 2017, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The children's father had been granted full custody of them earlier this year and, following that development, the kids were officially listed as missing in July. A felony warrant for kidnapping was issued for the mother in August. The Saline County Sheriff’s Office reached out the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for help and the case was referred to the United States Marshals Service in the Western District of Missouri.
The children are with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services while awaiting their return to their father.
Details on how Rodriguez and her three children were found have not been released. At some point, officials thought that she may have gone to California, according to KCTV in Kansas City. By October, however, investigators narrowed down to search for the mother and her three children to the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.
It is not clear if Rodriguez has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time. She is awaiting extradition back to Missouri.
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