CPD: Missing mother and 2 children safely located

Josette Carter and her daughters Tea and Gia were reported missing Wednesday, June 2.
Josette Carter and her daughters Tea and Gia were reported missing Wednesday, June 2.(Charlottesville Police Department)
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 2:10 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Charlottesville Police Department says a woman and her two children have been safely located.

CPD announced Thursday, June 3, that 42-year-old Josette Carter, 2-year-old Tea and 1-year-old Gia had been found in Augusta County. The three had been reported missing a day before, and were last seen in the 1600 block of Greenleaf Lane early Tuesday, June 1.

“They were working literally until 11 o’clock last night going door to door, trying to locate this family and to find clues as to where they were,” Chief RaShall Brackney said about her fellow officers.

Police had previously stated the case did not meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert, but were “deeply concerned about their welfare.”

The Charlottesville Police Department held a brief press conference Thursday afternoon to share some information, but could not share too many specifics about how or why it happened in order to protect the family’s privacy.

“We can’t talk about it, these are intimate personal issues as to why,” Chief RaShall Brackney said. “Remember, we have very little children involved and they also have older siblings who are in their teens.”

Chief Brackney says no arrests were made and no charges were pressed in connection with the family’s disappearance. They were found miles away from Charlottesville in Augusta County, but she did not specify where for privacy reasons.

“That’s all we can can say at this point in time, just again, being respectful of privacy but that’s where they were located,” she said.

Chief Brackney also says more than 4,000 people shared the missing persons post on Facebook, which was a tremendous help and community effort.

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