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Citrus dad, daughters found in Montana, dad in custody

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Citrus County man who fled with two of his daughters from their home in Inverness was found and taken into custody in Montana.

Edward Peters disappeared with McKala and Madison on Sep. 8. He took the girls from the court-appointed guardian and fled the area, according to Citrus County deputies.

Related story: 09/09/2013 Citrus deputies search for father who fled with children

Officials found Peters' GPS ankle monitor near northbound lane of Interstate 75 in Florida. Days later, they discovered Peters' Jeep Liberty in Michigan. The car was empty.

Deputies said they caught up with Peters Thursday near Graycliff, Mon. Officials found him and the girls sleeping in a car reported stolen in Michigan. The car was parked at a remote camping site at Prairie Dog State Park.

They said McKala, 6, and Madison, 11, are doing well. Peters was taken into custody and is at a detention facility in Montana. CCSO deputies are working with the State Attorney's Office on the extradition process.

The Department of Children and Families and FBI's victim advocate program officials work together to make arrangements for the girls to come back to Florida. They haven't determined yet who will take custody of the girls.

Citrus County deputies continue to gather information on this case.

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