Two missing Missouri children found in Florida supermarket nearly a year later

Two kidnapped children from Missouri have been found in a supermarket in Florida after nearly a year of disappearance, police said.

Both children had been missing since March 15, 2022, the High Springs Police Department in Florida said. They were found Wednesday in a Florida Winn-Dixie with their non-custodial mother, Kristi Nicole Gilley, police said.

Gilley, 36, was detained and arrested on an active kidnapping warrant in Clay County, Missouri, they said.

Officers were able to locate the two children after performing a routine tag check on Gilley’s vehicle, which indicated the owner of the vehicle was a fugitive, police said.

The three have been identified, although they concealed their identities. It was not immediately clear how exactly their identities were disguised.

The children have been turned over to the Florida Department of Children and Family Services and will be reunited with their families, police said.

Josh Cradduck contributed.


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