The South Jordan Police Department issued an Amber Alert for four missing girls Sunday morning then canceled it in the afternoon after the children were found safe in California.
Police said Hazelle Brimhall, 12; Berlynn Brimhall, 11; Autumn Brimhall, 9; and Adelyne Brimhall, 9, were taken by their mother, 39-year-old Allison Brimhall, who has supervised visitation rights.
California authorities found the girls with their mother at a house near San Diego, said Lt. Matt Pennington with the South Jordan Police Department. South Jordan officers had asked California authorities to get involved and issue their own Amber Alert after determining that Allison Brimhall was headed toward San Diego, where Pennington said she is believed to have been living.
Arrangements are being made to return the girls to Utah, Pennington said. South Jordan police will work with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office to determine what, if any, charges will be forthcoming.
Officers said an initial report was filed at 3 p.m. Saturday by the girls’ father, who has temporary full custody of the children. He told police the girls had been missing since 10:45 a.m. but he had initially tried to track them down himself.
The Amber Alert was issued in Utah just before 9 a.m. Sunday. The delay between the report and the alert, Pennington said, came from the need for police to verify that the person they were seeking is the girls’ mother and because of a technical glitch in the alert system.