3 children, mother from Wayne County found safe, investigators say

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SHREVE, Ohio (WJW) – Shreve Village Police tell FOX 8 News that three missing children, their mother and the mother’s boyfriend have been located in California tonight and all are safe.       

Based on information from authorities in Northeast Ohio, the California Highway Patrol pulled over the family’s minivan Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. and inside were 33-year-old Bryan Godfrey, his girlfriend, 33-year-old Justina Cruz and her three children.       

Shreve police had been searching for the children after they vanished last Wednesday.         

Investigators say they disappeared after case workers with Wayne County Children’s Services went to the home to investigate a complaint. Police feared the children and their mother were in danger.           

Wayne County authorities are coordinating with police in California to return the children and their mother to Ohio.           

The investigation into the original complaint filed with Children’s Services continues.             

The police chief of Shreve says he is relieved that the three children and their mother are safe, and he thanked the FBI, the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the California Highway Patrol for their efforts to find the family.

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