Missing Woman and Children Found in Sylmar
2012-06-12 · By Editor
On Monday, June 11, 2012, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the two children and female adult that had been reported missing since Friday, June 8, 2012, were located.
A commuter at the metro station in the city of Sylmar recognized the trio from news reports and called police. The Los Angeles Police Department responded to the location, confirmed the three were the missing individuals and took them into custody. All three were in good health and had not sustained any injuries.
Long Beach Police were notified, responded to the LAPD’s Mission Community Station in Mission Hills, and transported all three back to Long Beach. Detectives interviewed the three and learned that during the time they were gone, they had been traveling around the city using public transportation until making their way outside of the city and to Sylmar.
The Department of Children and Family Services was notified and both children were released to their families. The adult female was also released to family and the investigation remains ongoing.
On Saturday, June 9, 2012, at approximately 11:20 p.m., Long Beach Police had responded to an apartment complex in the area of Santa Fe Avenue and Spring Street in regards to the three that had gone missing. The mentally disable adult female, identified as 25-year-old Marie Williams, 8-year-old Sarah White, and 6-year-old Nicholas Sanders, had left the complex together with permission at approximately 4:45 p.m. to walk to a fast food restaurant down the street. They arrived at the restaurant at closing time, approximately 6:00 p.m., and were turned away. They were last seen walking northbound on Santa Fe Avenue. When family could not locate them, they called 9-1-1.
Long Beach Police actively searched for them through the night, following-up on leads. All law enforcement agencies in the region were notified and local hospitals and public transportation agencies were alerted.
The Long Beach Police Department would like to extend gratitude to the community and the media for their assistance in locating these individuals and getting them reunited with their families safely and without harm.