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Sheriff trying to confirm Michael Jackson's mother is safe

Katherine Jackson missing?L.A. County Sheriff's Department officials said they are trying to confirm that Michael Jackson's mother is safe and staying with family after other relatives reported her missing Saturday.

"We are making every effort to find her," sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Sunday.

Officials believe Katherine Jackson is staying with family but want to make contact with her to be sure she's fine, Whitmore said.

Jermaine Jackson went on Twitter to say that his mother is fine. "I want to reassure everyone (inc all sudden medical experts) that Mother is fine but is resting up in AZ on the orders of a doctor, not us."

But Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson's daughter, wrote on Twitter: "Yes, my grandmother is missing. i haven't spoken with her in a week i want her home now."

An attorney for the Jackson children said they have not seen Katherine Jackson since July 15 and are concerned about her health.

"Knowing that their grandmother has never gone more than 24 hours without checking in with them when she travels, her grandchildren grew concerned after they failed to hear from her and contacted family members asking to speak with her. Michael's children were told by family members who were allegedly with Katherine Jackson that their grandmother was not available to speak to them," the lawyer said in a statement to CBS News.


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Photo: Katherine Jackson. Credit: Associated Press

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