Amber Alert Cancelled, Boys Found

Amber Alert Cancelled, Boys Found

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The Amber Alert issued Friday has been cancelled. The two boys were found near St.George about 11:15 Friday night when a tip was called in with a location of the suspect vehicle.

The boys were taken into custody by DCSF and the mother was arrested.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Box Elder County officials issued an Amber Alert about 9 p.m. Friday after a pair of brothers were taken from their grandmother's home in Plymouth.

The children ages 7 and 12, disappeared sometime between 3:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. and are believed to be with their biological mother, who is not their legal guardian, Box Elder County sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Potter said.

Amber Alert Cancelled, Boys Found

Tessa Marie Morton has not had custody of the children since 2001, but was on a supervised visit with them, Potter said. Judy Cline, their grandmother and Tessa's mother, told police she last saw all three about 3:30 a.m., but when she awoke about 6 a.m., they were gone and her car was missing.

Cline called police immediately, but the Amber Alert was only issued after Cline and police tried to locate Morton by contacting friends and family, Potter said.

"The family thought this would resolve itself," Potter said.

Police are concerned the boys will not be adequately cared for because Morton reportedly suffers from schizophrenia and other mental disorders and has had some violent run-ins with family in the past, he said.

"We're worried that it could be unintentional because these children have some special needs," Potter said.

Amber Alert Cancelled, Boys Found

Police are looking for a tan-colored Ford Focus passenger car, with Utah license plate 719VMN. The 7-year-old boy is described as 4-feet 5-inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes, and his 12-year-old brother is 5-feet tall, with blue eyes and brown hair. They were last seen wearing pajamas, Potter said.

Anyone who may have seen the children or the car is asked to contact the Box Elder County Sheriff's office at (435)734-3800.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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