The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations

[Update: 7/12/19 7:00 a.m.]: According to the TBI, all three children have been found safe. Their parents are in police custody. 

Authorities are still searching for three children under the age of six.

According to ABC 5, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation believes the three children were taken by their non-custodial parents after they disappeared “under suspicious circumstances” on July 9.

Authorities have since issued an Endangered Child Alert for 6-year-old Analia Essex, 2-year-old Abigail Christian, and 1-year-old Michale Christian.

As the TBI states, the children were believed to have been taken by their parents Amanda Essex and Michale Darrel Christian. However, neither Essex or Christian have legal custody of the three children.

Essex, Christian, and the three children were reportedly last seen near Van Buren County. Authorities have reason to believe that the family may be heading to Minnesota. ABC 5 reports that they could be in a white SUV.

According to the TBI, 6-year-old Analia has brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 4-feet tall and weighs 50 pounds.

Two-year-old Abigail has blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 3-feet tall and weighs 35 pounds.

One-year-old Michale Christian is described as having brown hair and blue eyes. He weighs 25 pounds.

As of the morning of July 11, the children are still missing. It’s unclear what the children or their parents were wearing at the time of their disappearance.

The TBI is asking anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of this family is asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND, or Maury County Sheriff’s Office at 931-388-5151.

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