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05/16/04

Family Thanks Community For Children's Safe Return

The pleadings for the three missing Pascagoula children have now turned into thank-yous.

Many volunteers gathered Sunday in Gautier to celebrate the safe return of the Jones children.

13 year old Timothy, 11 year old Felicia, and nine year old Sierra Jones were found late Friday night in Kosciusko, Mississippi more than 200 miles from their Pascagoula home.

Thier father, Timothy Jones, says without the support of the community, his children may have still been missing this weekend. 

"My heart and my thanks and all of our thanks goes out to the community for helping us," Jones said.

That's what this weekend was all about for Timothy Jones, thanking the people who helped in the search for his children.

"It felt like I had a building removed off my chest," Jones said. "It felt wonderful."

Jones's tears of saddness last week were replaced by tears of happiness when he found out his children were safe.

"It's brought a lot of joy, lot of joy, I can smile," said Jones.

While Jones can smile now that his children are found, there were close to 800,000 reported missing children in the U.S. last year. 

Most of these children didn't have the same luck as the Jones children.

"You can see by the great big smile on my face this is truly a blessing," Brad Dennis, with the KlassKids Foundation said. 

"I wish all of our cases ended this way, unfortunately they don't," said Dennis. 

Jones admits, although he can't wipe the smile off of his face, there's still something he wants to do, since his children are right now in the custody of the Department of Human Services.

"I just really love to be able talk to my children right now, to hug them, hold them, and tell them how much everybody here pulled together," Jones said. 

The Jones children will appear in youth court tomorrow morning.

A youth court hearing is scheduled for Monday.

By: Claire Nelson 

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