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Sheriff: All 3 Harrisonville siblings found safe in Canada

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Authorities said 44-year-old Sherri Lynn O'Neal and one child were positively identified in Calgary, Alberta Canada on Tuesday. Authorities said 44-year-old Sherri Lynn O'Neal and one child were positively identified in Calgary, Alberta Canada on Tuesday.
Authorities said Jordan was spotted with O'Neal entering a non-profit agency in Calgary, Alberta Canada on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities said Jordan was spotted with O'Neal entering a non-profit agency in Calgary, Alberta Canada on Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities said the black Mercedes was found earlier in the investigation. It was transported to the Cass County Sheriff's Office secure lot Wednesday afternoon. Authorities said the black Mercedes was found earlier in the investigation. It was transported to the Cass County Sheriff's Office secure lot Wednesday afternoon.
Cass County sheriff's Maj. Jeff Weber said an endangered person advisory has been issued for 11-year-old Tabitha Davis, 14-year-old Jasper Davis, and 15-year-old Jordan Davis, of Harrisonville. Cass County sheriff's Maj. Jeff Weber said an endangered person advisory has been issued for 11-year-old Tabitha Davis, 14-year-old Jasper Davis, and 15-year-old Jordan Davis, of Harrisonville.
HARRISONVILLE, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Authorities say all three Harrisonville siblings reported missing last week have been found safe in Canada.

They were found with their mother, who was taken into custody.

During a 3:30 p.m. press conference with the Cass County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Dwight Deihl began by thanking the media, the public and the diligent investigators who had been working around the clock to find the children.

He said they were notified about 2:45 p.m. by Calgary, Alberta Canada police that 11-year-old Tabitha Davis, 14-year-old Jasper Davis, and 15-year-old Jordan Davis, of Harrisonville were found and were currently with Canadian officials in Calgary.

Police there have not released many details, however, they said that all children are in good health and cooperating.

Earlier, authorities said Jordan was spotted in Canada with the children's mother, who doesn't have legal custody. The Cass County Sheriff's Office said 44-year-old Sherri Lynn O'Neal, also known as Sherri Lynn Davis, and one child were positively identified on surveillance photos entering a nonprofit agency in Calgary, Alberta Canada on Tuesday afternoon. That agency provides assistance for individuals and families in need. O'Neal told the social worker that she was escaping an abusive marriage, but the social worker had some questions about holes in her story.

"She said the story did not match up. I think it was about how she got across the border. It just didn't seem right to her, that's why she contacted authorities," Cass County sheriff's Maj. Jeff Weber said.

The two left shortly after.

At that time, no details were released on the possible whereabouts of the other two children and no one was taken into custody.

The social worker got on to the internet, saw the pictures of the missing children and contacted police.

Also during the press conference, authorities said the day the kids went missing, a bus driver noticed a black SUV Mercedes in the driveway of the Harrisonville home. It was the same SUV the mother had driven from Alaska. She was also traveling with her adult son from another marriage.

The black Mercedes was found early in the investigation dropped off at a Mercedes dealership in Kansas City for repairs. It was never claimed and remained under constant surveillance as officials believed O'Neal and the children then left the state in a white RV with Arizona plates.

After receiving information of the discovery of the siblings from Canada, investigators believed that the Mercedes had been abandoned at the dealership and they then took it to a Cass County Sheriff's Office secure lot Wednesday afternoon.

Weber said an endangered person advisory was issued for Tabitha, Jasper and Jordan. The children's father, Jamie Davis, reported them missing Friday after he returned home from work and found they weren't there. He told deputies he believed the children were with their mother.

Jamie Davis told police he didn't think O'Neal posed any danger to the children, though she hadn't had known contact with them for at least three years, Weber said. O'Neal doesn't have a current address and has "been very transient," he said.

Weber said the matter did not meet criteria for an Amber Alert in part because the parents, who are divorced, have had problems with custody arrangements and visitation, and because the father didn't believe the children were in any danger.

"We're unsure what current plans are in place, but it's highly unorthodox for a parent to show up, not notify the other parent and take the children," Weber said.

Calls to the sheriff's office with leads had tapered off since Sunday, he said.

Sheriff's officials said O'Neal was also taken into custody, along with a second adult who had not been identified.

The Cass County Prosecuting Attorney's Office filed charges against O'Neal for interference with custody - removed from state or concealed, a Class D felony. Her bond has been set at $30,000.

Friday they charged Jacob Miers with three counts of accessory interference with custody.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office is working to coordinate the return of the children and extradition of O'Neal back to the United States. They said it might take some time because they haven't had too many extraditions from another country.

"I don't think anyone in our office has had to go out of the country to pick someone up. We're going to take it slow. Our priority right now is the children, making sure they are Ok and get them reunited with their father. Then we will deal with Sherri on our felony warrants sometime in the future," Weber said.

The father, whom the children were taken from, said he just wants to see his kids.

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