West Jordan police issued endangered and missing persons’ advisories late Thursday morning after a mother reported her two young children had gone missing from the family home at the height of a snowstorm.
But West Jordan police Sgt. Dan Roberts said it all turned out to be a case of miscommunication.
By 1 p.m., the two toddlers had been found alive and well at a friend of the family’s house nearby.
Roberts said the children, a 3-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, had been left in the care of the landlord while the mother was out. The friend came by, decided to take care of the kids at her home, and neglected to inform the mother.
“There was no cell phone, and there also was a language barrier involved,” Roberts said.
That being the case, when the mother returned to her home near 3700 West and 6400 South about 10 a.m. Thursday, she found the children gone. After searching for them herself, she called 911 about 11 a.m.