Update, 5:30 a.m.: Three young children who went missing from Bonne Terre over the weekend have turned up safe and sound, and may have a Facebook posting to thank for their recovery.

The boy, age 7, and his two sisters, ages 5 and 3, were not brought back by the non-custodial biological mother Sunday after her visitation period ended.

The mother’s boyfriend posted on Facebook that he was heading for southern California, where the mother, Julie Mendoza, is known to have lived in the past.

That allowed authorities to track down the mother and her boyfriend and recover the children in Tulsa, Oklahoma Monday evening.

For more, read our earlier story below.

BONNE TERRE, MO. (KMOX) – Police in St. Francois County have issued an endangered persons alert.

Police are looking for three children who were with their biological mother. The mother has visitation rights but said she would not bring them back to their home in Bonne Terre.

Missing are seven-year-old Jesus, five-year-old Juliana, and three-year-old Jaysnia Mendoza.

They were last seen on Saturday when their mother Julie Mendoza picked them up.

Julie Mendoza is driving a gold four-door passenger vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Francois County Sheriff at (573) 431-3131.


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