Gabrielle Jackson Found Alive in California
According to Police, Jackson's father is headed to California to pick her up. Her mother Cecilia Montez has been arrested and is in police custody.
Good news for Gabrielle Jackson's family arrived Friday morning. The 11-year-old girl who went missing after her mother took her from school on Monday afternoon has been found alive in California.
The Hazelwood Police Department (HPD) is reporting that Gabrielle's mother, Cecilia Montez, has been arrested and is in police custody. Gabrielle's father is headed to California to pick her up and bring her home.
"She's been located in California were we assumed she'd be headed," said Hazelwood Police Sgt. Andy Eagan. "She's set to be reunited with her father here shortly."
Gabrielle Goes Missing
Police say Montez picked up Gabrielle Jackson at Hazelwood West Middle School (HWMS) in a dark-colored minivan with dark tinted windows on Monday.
Because there were not any reported sightings, updates on the case were slow. Eagan said Tuesday the investigation was ongoing, but could give no new update. He also said the Missouri State Highway Patrol had stepped in and added Jackson to its missing person clearinghouse, enabling her photo and information to be spread on a missing persons flier.
Gabrielle, who is is 4-foot-11, was last seen at school wearing a pink or purple pea coat, blue jeans and black shoes. She was carrying a black backpack with silver hearts on it.
Gabrielle lives in Hazelwood in the 700 block of Lynn Haven Lane with her father, who has full custody. The father reported her missing when she did not come home from school.
Support for Gabrielle
Strong support for her safe return was very evident on online sites like one created in her honor on Facebook, Find Gabrielle Jackson, Hazelwood Missouri.
After news broke on Hazelwood Patch of the girl's abduction local people emailed and posted on Facebook expressing their need to help. The word also spread to a local television news outlet in Sacramento, News10.net.
Gabrielle's school also sent home and email blast to parents urging anyone with information to come forward.
"We are so concerned for Gabrielle Jackson's well being and ask that if you have information to share, please forward that to the Hazelwood Police Department," stated the email, which came from HWMS principal Allison Klouse. "Additionally, we are prepared to address your student's needs throughout the day and in the upcoming weeks through our counseling department."