Kids missing since 2006 found safe

January 14, 2009 2:29:40 PM PST
A search for two missing kids that has lasted nearly three years has finally ended with the children found safe. Their father, however, is still on the run.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Adrian Castillo Sr. and Jolene Valencia were wanted out of Harris County on felony charges of injury to a child with serious bodily injury. Authorities say the charges stem from evidence indicating the suspects starved their infant child to death years ago. As a result, their two other children, Adrian, Jr. and Angel Castillo, now six and five years of age respectively, were taken into custody by Harris County Children's Protective Services (CPS). However, the parents managed to take Adrian, Jr. and Angel from CPS custody and flee Texas.

Since April 2006, the Gulf Coast Task Force has relentlessly pursued the fugitives. Several high-profile attempts to locate the fugitives and the children were made using media, newspaper, and police reports in 2006, but to no avail. For the next two years an on-going investigation to locate the fugitives and secure the safe return of the children produced leads drawing the attention of the task force across several state borders, into Mexico, and back to Texas again.

In December 2008 the mother, Jolene Valencia, was arrested and incarcerated in the Harris County Jail, where upon being interviewed she indicated possible whereabouts of the missing children.

On January 12, 2009, the Gulf Coast Task Force, along with assistance from the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, set up surveillance outside a trailer home in Fort Bend County. Soon thereafter, both Adrian, Jr. and Angel Castillo were safely recovered.

An investigation into the two adults supervising the children inside the trailer home at the time of their recovery is on-going.

The Gulf Coast Task Force is still seeking Adrian Castillo, Sr. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Harris County Sheriff's Office Homicide Division at 713-967-5810, or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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