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UPDATE: Two missing Columbia County children found safe

Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 12:10 AM EDT
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LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCJB) - The two missing Columbia County children have been found.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies, they have safely recovered two-year-old Lucy and four-year-old Jaxon Evans at a motel in Suwannee County.

“We are very grateful for the outcome of this case,” stated Sheriff Mark Hunter. “I would like to commend our team of detectives, along with the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office, FDLE, federal law enforcement partners, and local community for helping to bring this case to a quick and safe conclusion.”

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Deputies say the children were abducted by their biological parents, David Evans and Sydni Jones, on Wednesday evening. Custody of the children had been withdrawn from the biological parents following a court order.

The parents were arrested without incident.

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