‘Christmas miracle’: Jacksonville kids found alive after 2 day search

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) — The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says the two young Jacksonville siblings at the center of Sunday’s Amber Alert have been found safe.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Braxston Williams, 6, and his 5-year-old sister, Bri’ya, were found Tuesday afternoon in a wooded area in the same neighborhood they went missing in.

The children were found about 400 meters into the woods, Williams said. At one point, the two made their way into a pump house for shelter.

Braxston and Bri’ya were found a little dehydrated with a couple bumps and bruises but were very lively when discovered by police, Williams said. The sheriff said the kids asked for cheese pizza, which they delivered to them.

An officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office told First Coast News this has been a “Christmas miracle.”


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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) — The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office have passed the two-day mark in their search for two children last seen at their home Sunday.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said both parents were home when 6-year-old Braxton Williams and 5-year-old Bri’ya Williams disappeared from their Paradise Village mobile home around 11:30 a.m.

Crews have searched over 430 homes in 130 acres and 20 bodies of water over the past two days, but have yet to establish any leads, officials said.

Sheriff Williams said there is “no indication” any family member is involved in the children’s disappearance, but added that they haven’t ruled anything out.

“The family has been and remains cooperative,” Williams said. “Right now everything is an option.”

At a press conference Tuesday, Jacksonville officials said they were looking for a four-door white vehicle that was playing “loud children’s music” and was spotted in the neighborhood where they disappeared.

Investigators suspect a white male may have been driving the vehicle.

The sheriff is urging everyone in the area to report any lead they may have, encouraging everyone to check in and under cars, homes, and wooded areas.

Williams said foul play has not been ruled out in the children’s disappearance.

“Everything is on the table,” he said.

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