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Girls believed taken by parents found safe after Amber Alert issued in Denver area

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was going to help remove the children from the home with a court order, but the family had already left.
Credit: CBI
Towon Jones and Trisha Jones

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — Two girls were found safe Wednesday after an Amber Alert was issued for the young girls who were last seen with their parents in Denver.

The alert said the girls were last seen with their parents, 32-year-old Trisha Jones and 35-year-old Towon Jones. The alert said the couple fled on Tuesday with their three daughters. The alert said the other daughter was found abandoned, but did not say where.

That daughter was also reported to be safe.

An earlier alert said it was believed the family had spent the night in Raton, New Mexico. In an update, it was revealed they were seen in Denver around 2:22 p.m. on Wednesday.

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DCSO said they had reason to believe the parents may have been armed and that the children could have been in danger.

Douglas County Human Services got a court order recently to remove the children from the Jones home, DCSO said. After DCSO learned about the court order, they were going to help remove the children but learned the family had left.

The whole family, including the third girl who was abandoned, were in Raton, New Mexico at one point. The third girl somehow left their room and law enforcement there became involved, according to DCSO. When the parents learned that, they fled with the two younger girls, leaving the older girl in Raton. 

The third daughter is with protective services in Raton.

The parents were arrested in Fountain Wednesday, according to the sheriff's office.

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“AMBER” stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response. The alert was created after the January 1996 kidnapping and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman. 

Certain criteria must be met before an Amber Alert is issued 

  • The abducted child must be 17 years old or younger. 

  • The abducted child must be in immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death. 

  • There must be enough descriptive information available to believe a broadcast will assist or aid in the recovery. 

  • A local law enforcement agency or Amber designee from another state must request the activation. 

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is responsible for issuing Amber alerts. 

> More information about Amber Alerts can be found here.