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Wichita Woman, 3 Children Found Safe after Abduction

Associated Press - December 6, 2016 7:43 am

UPDATE:  Authorities say the abduction of a Wichita woman and three children after a residential burglary was not a random event.

Wichita police said Tuesday that 36-year-old Melissa Gifford, 2-year-old Grayson Gifford, 8-year-old Madison Ruiz and 8-year-old Aiden Ruiz were found safe at a hotel in Wichita after the reported abduction.

Wichita police say in a news release the suspect and others were located earlier at a hotel, and are being interviewed.

A man told officers responding to a burglary call that several suspects had entered his home. One man had allegedly pointed a handgun at him and tied him up. The suspects allegedly stole electronics and then escorted the women and her three children from the home.

Their disappearance had led law enforcement to issue an Amber Alert overnight.

 

 

Original Story:

Authorities have arrested two suspects in the abduction of a missing Wichita woman and three children.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Melissa Underwood says a man and his girlfriend were taken into custody early Tuesday at a hotel in Wichita. Police are still searching for 36-year-old Melissa Gifford, 2-year-old Grayson Gifford, 8-year-old Madison Ruiz and 8-year-old Aiden Ruiz.

An Amber Alert was issued earlier in the morning after they were abducted from a Wichita home at a gunpoint. The relationship between the suspected abductors and the missing woman and children wasn’t immediately released.