Missing Austin children found in Florida, mother in custody
AUSTIN, Texas - UPDATE : Austin ISD's police department says three missing children have been found safe in Florida.
Their mother, 38-year-old Sarah Marcella Jordan, is in custody.
The arrest was made after a warrant was issued for the mother of missing 10-year-old Angelia Jordan, who was last seen leaving Oak Hill Elementary School on Tuesday.
According to the U.S. Marshals Service, the mother was arrested after a traffic stop in Pensacola, Florida.
The mother was wanted for interference with child custody.
The assistant principal at the Oak Hill Elementary told officers that the staff at the school were aware the girl's biological mother and father might attempt to take Angelia from the school as she had been placed in protective custody by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
According to the warrant, the assistant principal and a teacher told officers that outside of the school near the end of the day on Tuesday, they observed Angelia yell "Marcella!" and run up to and hug a female who looked to be about 16 years old. The staff said they believed this girl to be Angelia's sister, who she had mentioned previously.
CBS Austin confirmed Angelia's sisters, 13-year-old Aleshia and 16-year-old Marcella, had been also listed as missing. Aleshia went missing Tuesday, the same day as Angelia, but Marcella was last seen on Nov. 3.
Marcella told Angelia "ok, ok, we've got to go" and the pair began to walk away. The assistant principal blocked the sisters' path, telling Marcella that she couldn't leave. The teacher then approached the pair and told Marcella "you don't want to break the law."
According to the warrant, Marcella responded "go ahead, call the police." Marcella began pulling on Angelia, but the assistant principal and the teacher were holding onto her.
Angelia told Marcella "maybe you should let go, we're going to get in trouble" before she noticed a woman standing further away. Police say the victim asked Marcella "is that mom?" to which Marcella replied "no it's not."
The assistant principal told police that the woman, who she believed was Sarah Jordan, approached her, grabbed her by the arm that was holding onto Angelia, and physically removed her grip from the victim.
Sarah Jordan reportedly told the assistant principal "go ahead and stop me" before she and the two girls ran "like hell," according to the teacher. Police say they left in a green minivan.
On Wednesday, a woman who is a friend of Sarah Jordan called police to say she had contact with Jordan by telephone.
The woman told police she asked if the news about Angelia was correct, and Jordan told the woman she picked up Angelia due to allegations being brought up against her husband again, and that she had Angelia and they were currently out of the state.
According to the woman, Jordan did not tell her where they were.
Austin ISD is asking for the public's help in locating an elementary school student possibly abducted by a family member.
District officials say 10-year-old Angelia Jordan was last seen at Oak Hill Elementary School off Patton Ranch Road in Southwest Austin.
Austin ISD says local law enforcement in and around Austin are actively searching for the girl, but so far, no AMBER alert has been issued.
Angelia is described as a white female, 5' tall, 60 lbs. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt, black pants, and white shoes.
The suspect vehicle is described as a grey Ford van with the license plate number BSD3195.
One parent of a student at Oak Hill says she cannot imagine what the little girl and her family are going through.
"If that child doesn't have her parents with her, I can ju
st imagine how afraid and sad she is," said Andrea Luna. "Just imagining how the parents feel, my heart breaks for them, for their whole family."
Police have not said if they have any leads on Angelia's whereabouts.
Luna says right now, all she can hope for is the young girl's return.
"Whoever has her, just please bring her back safely," Luna said.
If you have any information, you are asked to call 512-414-1703.