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UPDATE: 3 missing Missouri children found safe

Officials say they were kidnapped on December 18

ALTON, Mo. (KARK) - UPDATE: Three missing children from Oregon County, Missouri have been found safe, according to a news release from the Oregon County Sheriff's Office.


A person of interest (photo below) in a Missouri missing kids case has been spotted in Northeast Arkansas.

Officials in Oregon County, Missouri say the man was seen at a Walmart store in Pocahontas (Randolph County) using an EBT card that belongs to the mother of three missing children.

According to our sister station KOLR in Springfield, the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for the children that law enforcement says were kidnapped December 18.

The children are identified as 11-year-old Leena Joseph, 10-year-old Jonathan Joseph, and 3-year-old Destin Joseph. Destin Joseph is a white male, age 3, 3 ft. tall, 30 lbs, with blonde hair and brown eyes. Jonathan Joseph is a white male, age 10, 4 ft. tall, 75 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes. Leena Joseph is a white female, age 11, hgt 3’9″, 80 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police say the children’s mother, Lacey Joseph, was arrested shortly after 5 p.m. on Dec. 18 after failing to turn the children over to officials with the Missouri Division of Children Services in Alton. She is reportedly refusing to give law enforcement the children’s location.

Authorities say the grandparents of the children, Michelle and John Joseph, might know the location of the children, but are also refusing to cooperate with law enforcement.

Anyone seeing the missing children, the person of interest pictured above, or anyone having any information related to the endangered missing children is urged to immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office at (417) 778-7888.

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