Seven Calif. kids missing five days found safe
Updated 4:45 a.m. EST
FRESNO, Calif. An FBI task force located seven children unharmed Thursday who had been missing since Saturday from their home in Fresno, police said.
The children, ages 5 to 12, were found with their father at his home in Sacramento, Fresno police Sgt. Jaime Rios said.
Rios told the Fresno Bee they were in good spirits.
The four boys and three girls were last seen playing around their apartment, reports CBS Fresno affiliate KGPE-TV.
"We're happy to be hearing good news and not bad news, we don't want to hear it at all," neighbor, Steven Moungvieng told KGPE.
Police had said earlier that they had been unable to contact the father, Xa Yang, who had been estranged from his family for three years.
The father was not detained. Rios said Fresno and Sacramento police departments will investigate to determine if a crime was committed. KGPE says police told it before the children were locatedthat there are no child custody documents on file, and Xa is legally allowed to have the kids.
The children were taken from their Fresno home when their mother and stepfather left them alone to go to a grocery store Saturday evening. The mother and stepfather told police when they returned from the store the children, along with their clothes in the home, were gone.
Investigators said they found no signs of forced entry. They didn't believe the children were in any danger and didn't issue an Amber Alert.
The children are: Chee Nou Yang, 12; Cha Meng Yang, 11; Zia Yang, 10; Chue Feng Yang, 8; Zang Yang, 7; Tria Yang, 6; and Tou Ger Yang, 5.
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