Missing Tennessee Siblings Found in Cass Co., Non-Custodial Parents Arrested

Updated: July 12, 2019 03:35 PM

Three children for whom an Endangered Child Alert was issued have been found in Cass County according to an update Friday morning.


According to the Texas Bureau of Investigation (TBI), 6-year-old Analia Essex, 2-year-old Abigail Christian and 1-year-old Michale Christian—along with their non-custodial parents Amanda Essex, 25, and Michale Darrel Christian, 48, were found in the northern Minnesota county.

The BCA says a witness reported seeing the suspect's vehicle in Cass County Thursday afternoon. BCA agents confirmed the location of the vehicle in a wooded area on property near Motley, Minnesota.

The two adults are currently in custody, the TBI stated.

Christian and Essex, both from Spencer, Tennessee, were arrested on multiple Tennessee warrants for custodial Interference, classified as Class E felonies in the state of Tennessee.

The BCA says Christian and Essex are currently being held in the Crow Wing County jail awaiting extradition to Tennessee.

The three children are safe and authorities are working to return them to Tennessee.

Agencies involved in the arrest and recovery include the Cass and Crow Wing County Sheriff’s offices, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Maury County Sheriff’s Department.

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