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June 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Marysville children safe; Amber Alert canceled

UPDATE AT 1:31 P.M.: The Drakeford children have been located in Bozeman, Mont. are now in the protective custody of  the Montana State Patrol. Their biological parents, Curtis Drakeford and Ashley Todd, are also in custody.

ORIGINAL POST: Marysville police say a couple and three children who are the subject of an Amber Alert may be driving east on Interstate 90 and are currently in western Montana.

Detectives have confirmed the Drakefords traveled into the city of Deer Lodge as late as 10:15 this morning and believe they are continuing east. Detectives believe they are still driving the silver four-door 1998 Pontiac Grand-Am GT, with Washington license AGJ9693.

Police have issued an Amber Alert for the children, who are believed to have been taken by their parents.

Earlier, the police chief in Moses Lake said his department is investigating surveillance video linked to a tip from a citizen about a man resembling the male suspect in the disappearance of three Marysville children.

Moses Lake Police chief Dean Mitchell said the tip came in early this morning from a citizen who reported that a photo of the male suspect he saw Tuesday evening in a television broadcast resembled a man he’d seen earlier in the day Tuesday.

Officials said earlier that the family may be headed for South Carolina.

The children’s father, Curtis Drakeford, 33, is under investigation for striking the children with his fists in 2010. He also has had domestic-violence issues with their mother, Ashley Todd, 29, according to the alert.

The children are currently dependents of the state, according to Cmdr. Robb Lamoreaux of the Marysville Police Department. They were placed with the biological mother on a temporary basis as part of a program in which the state retains custody of children who are reintroduced to the home on a trial placement under strict conditions.

In this case, according to Lamoreaux, one condition was that the biological father not be around the children.

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