Missing Missouri kids found in midtown Tulsa


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Updated: 11/05/2013 9:09 am Published: 11/05/2013 6:45 am


We're following breaking news of three children, missing from Missouri, were found in Tulsa overnight.

They were reported missing Friday from Bonne Terre, Missouri, near Saint Louis.

Police say the children were taken by their mother, 28-year-old Julie Mendoza, and her boyfriend, 29-year-old Patrick McKinzie. McKinzie was booked into the Tulsa County jail around 3:30 this morning.

Tulsa police arrested Julie Mendoza and her boyfriend the St John Medical Center parking lot earlier this morning.

The Missouri Highway Patrol Friday issued a "endangered persons advisory" for 7-year-old Jesus Mendoza, 5-year-old Juliana Mendoza, and 3-year-old Jaysnia Mendoza earlier this morning as the mother, Julie Mendoza, does not have custody rights for the kids. She was visiting with them and was supposed to return them, but didn't.

The advisory also says Mendoza has a history of narcotic use. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol got involved with the search, looking for a gold sedan on the interstates and highways.

After she was taken into custody, EMSA treated the mother, but she's reportedly OK.

Both Julie Mendoza and Patrick McKinzie are both in custody, and will be held until Missouri officials come down to transport them back to St. Franscois County.

We watched overnight as officers fed the children, and gave them stuffed animals to make them feel better.

Those three kids are in protective custody right now, but we're told they'll be returned to their grandmother, who has custody of the children, in Bonne Terre, Missouri later today.

Our Fox sister station in St. Louis is also closely following this story, and we're working on getting new information from the St. Francois Sheriff's office.

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Mayor Maynot - 11/5/2013 8:44 AM
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It's nice that the children have been rescued from this situation.
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