Vague information halts search for two missing kids

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - By Doug Walker – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Early this morning, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd told WLOX News his investigators need more information before they resume a search for two missing children who were reportedly dumped north of Vancleave.

The children are three and five years old, and from Mobile.  Jackson County investigators got involved in their disappearance on Saturday, after their father reportedly told authorities where they could be found.

Members of Gulf Coast Search and Rescue, and police from Mobile and Jackson Counties spent most of the day Saturday searching the woods off Highway 57, about 12 miles north of Vancleave.

The children were reported missing this past summer, and their father has been charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of abuse of a corpse.  John DeBlase was arrested Friday night in Florida.

Even though nothing has turned up so far, the investigation is far from over, according to Sheriff Byrd.

"So we're going to pick up the search again in the next few days and hopefully we can find something," Byrd said.  "But when you have somebody that's been missing that long and they were not, they were just dumped out, you may not find anything."  The sheriff said a search would resume as soon as Mobile investigators got more specific information about exactly where the children could be found.

The stepmother of the children, Heather Keaton, was arrested last week in Kentucky, and has also been charged with child abuse.

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