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Missing Long Beach woman, two children found in Sylmar

 

A mentally disabled woman and two children who went missing Saturday night were discovered safe in Sylmar on Monday morning, police said.

Marie Williams, 25, Sarah White, 8 and Nicholas Sanders, 6, were found around 9 a.m. at a Metrolink bus station near the corner of San Fernando Valley Road and Frank Modugno Drive, police told The Times. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell told Fox 11 that media attention and a tip helped them locate the missing people.

KTLA reported that the woman and children may have been spotted on surveillance video along the Blue Line in Long Beach sometime Sunday night.

The woman and two children are not related and left an apartment complex to go to a nearby restaurant Saturday night and never returned, police said in a statement.

Williams and Nicholas both live at the complex, and Sarah was with her mother visiting friends at the same complex, the statement said.

Williams "asked me could she take them to go get something to eat up the street and to get them some ice cream," Nicholas' mother, Nicole Chandler, told KTLA.

"I told her that it was OK because she's taken them to the store before and has never had any previous problem or anything, and she has always come right back."

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