Missing Florida children found safe, mother in custody, deputies say

Police: Missing children found safe, mother in custody

DELAND, Fla. — Two missing Volusia County children and their mother are safe after being located by deputies in Columbia County.

Update 10:24 p.m. EDT Dec. 1: Isabelle Jones, 11, and Xzavier Espinosa, 5, were reported missing after they were not returned to their grandparents at 5:30 p.m. Friday, the Sheriff's Office said.

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The children's mother, Margarita Gutierrez, is in custody, deputies said.

Gutierrez met the children at a Lowe's in DeLand during an unsupervised visit, deputies said.

The children's grandmother was given custody due to a violent domestic living environment with Gutierrez and her boyfriend.

Original report: The Volusia County Sheriff's Office in Florida said two children are missing after they were last seen Friday with their mother, who lost custody of them, at a Lowe's in DeLand.

Isabelle Jones, 11, and Xzavier Espinosa, 5, were reported missing after they were not returned to their grandparents Friday at 5:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said.

The children's mother, Margarita Guiterrez, met the children at a Lowe's in DeLand during an unsupervised visit, deputies said.

According to officials, Guiterrez is driving an unknown vehicle. Marion County deputies attempted to contact Guiterrez and the children at their mother's home but were unsuccessful.

The children's grandmother was given custody due to a violent domestic living environment with Guiterrez and her boyfriend.

Anyone with information regarding the children's location is asked to call 911 or the Volusia County Sheriff's Office at 386-239-8276.