Missing Missouri children found in Florida grocery store nearly a year after they were abducted, police say


Two Missouri children who have been missing for nearly a year were found last week shopping at a Florida grocery store with their suspected abductor nearly a year after they were abducted, authorities said.

High Springs police made the discovery after a routine check of vehicle tags near a Winn-Dixie store and learned that the vehicle of owner Kristi Nicole Gilley, 36, was a fugitive, the department said. High Springs Police Department.

Gilley is the non-custodial mother of Brooke and Adrian Gilley, 11 and 12 respectively, and kidnapped them on March 15, 2022, according to police.

Almost a year later, officers located Gilley and the two children shopping at the Winn-Dixie grocery store. The trio had disguised their identities, according to police.

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Kristi Nicole Gilley, 36, was arrested on an active kidnapping warrant in Clay County, Missouri.
(High Springs Police Department)

Gilley was detained and arrested on an active kidnapping warrant in Clay County, Missouri, located just north of Kansas City.

Brooke and Adrian have been released to the Florida Department of Children and Family Services and will be reunited with their birth families, officials said.

Brooke, 11, and her 12-year-old brother, Adrian Gilley, were safely located in High Springs, Florida, police said.

Brooke, 11, and her 12-year-old brother, Adrian Gilley, were safely located in High Springs, Florida, police said.
(Freedom Police Department)

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No details about what led to the alleged abduction nearly a year ago were immediately provided.

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Clay County, Missouri is located over 1,100 miles northwest of High Springs, Florida.


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