3 missing Tennessee children found in Cass County

Updated: July 12, 2019 03:23 PM

Three children for whom an Endangered Child Alert was issued have been found safe in Cass County according to an update Friday morning.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), 6-year-old Analia Essex, 2-year-old Abigail Christian and 1-year-old Michale Christian—along with their non-custodial parents Amanda Essex and Michale Darrel Christian—were found in the northern Minnesota county.


A witness reported seeing the suspect's vehicle in rural Cass County Thursday afternoon. BCA agents then confirmed the presence of the vehicle in a wooded area near Motley. 

Shorty before 4 a.m. Friday the suspects were taken into custody and the children were located.

The TBI said Analia, Abigail and Michale were reported missing under suspicious circumstances Tuesday.

Authorities: 3 missing Tennessee children possibly headed to Minnesota

Essex and Christian were not legally allowed to have the children, according to the TBI.

They are currently in the Crow Wing County jail awaiting extradition to Tennessee.

"Thank you for helping us spread the word!," the TBI wrote in a tweet Friday.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article referred to the agency as the Texas Bureau of Investigation. It is the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The copy has been updated.

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