Updated at 2:50 p.m. — Attorney Jill Ochs has released a statement on behalf of her clients, Dan and Joy Newton, who are the grandparents of the two children.
“On Tuesday, February 18th, through the assistance of the United States Marshall’s, brother and sister Jaxson and Josephine Townsend were recovered in Daytona Beach, Florida, in the custody of their non-custodial father.
Their father, Gary Daniel Townsend was taken into custody on an outstanding Logan County warrant in the amount of $25,000.00.
The children were returned to their custodial grandparents, Joy and Dan Newton, on Tuesday the 18th in Florida.
A Judge in Logan County had previously granted Joy and Dan Newton emergency custody on January 13th after a finding was made that the children were in irreparable harm with their father. The children are safe and well.
Jill Ochs-Tontz, Attorney for Joy and Dan Newton
Kelli D. Kelso, Guardian AD Litem”
After searching for more than a month, two missing children have been found.
U.S. Marshalls found the two children in Daytona Beach, Florida. Related article: Children missing; believed to be with father
8-year-old Jaxon Daniel Townsend and 7-year-old Joesphine Joy Townsend were picked up by the grandparents.
An official statement is expected soon. Guthrie News Page will bring you those details as soon as they become available.