The Latest: Missing children found safe in South Carolina

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Posted: Mar 10, 2016 11:56 AM

SMOAKS, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the search for three children reported missing in rural South Carolina (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

Three children reported missing in a swampy area of rural area of South Carolina have been found safe at a nearby house.

Colleton County Sheriff R.A. Strickland said the children were found late Thursday morning in an abandoned house about 100 yards from their residence.

Strickland said the house had been checked Wednesday night when the youngsters were reported missing and nothing was found. He said the children were found when it was re-checked Thursday morning.

The sheriff said the children are in good condition and have been reunited with their families.

Strickland said he's trying to determine how they were missed in the Wednesday night search.

He said the case is still being investigated but the outcome is what everyone hoped for during the search.

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11:20 a.m.

Three children reported missing from their homes in a swampy area of rural South Carolina have been found safe at a neighbor's house.

Colleton County sheriff's deputies said the youngsters were found Thursday after a search in near Interstate 95about 60 miles northwest of Charleston.

About 40 law deputies and other law enforcement officers had searched for the children, ages 2, 3 and 4, who were reported missing after playing outside in their yard late Wednesday afternoon.

The missing youngsters were identified as 4-year-old Mya Campbell and her 2-year-old sister Shamyra Campbell, and 3-year-old Eugene McTeer, their cousin.

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10:20 a.m.

As many as 40 local law enforcement officials and wildlife department workers have resumed the search in heavily thicketed bottomlands and swamps in rural South Carolina for three young children who have been missing since Wednesday night.

Lt. Shane Roberts of the Colleton County Sheriff's Department says that the children, ages 2, 3, and 4, were reported missing by family members about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Searchers combed the area until about 2 a.m. Thursday. The search resumed five hours later.

The children were reported missing from a small hamlet of modest and mobile homes down a dirt road near the community of Smoaks, not far from Interstate 95, about 60 miles northwest of Charleston.

Roberts says family and neighbors searched for about twenty minutes before calling 911.

Authorities say the missing are two sisters, ages 2 and 4, and their cousin, a 3-year-old boy.

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7:50 a.m.

Authorities in rural South Carolina are searching for three small children — ages 2, 3, and 4 — who were reported missing after playing outside in their yard.

Authorities tell local news outlets the children were in the Colleton County community of Smoaks about 60 miles northwest of Charleston when they were reported missing around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Colleton County Sheriff's deputies, a plane from nearby Charleston County and officers from the state Department of Natural Resources participated in the search until 2 a.m. Thursday. The search resumed around 7 a.m.

The Associated Press left several messages with the sheriff's department.

Authorities say the missing are two sisters, ages 2 and 4, and a 3-year-old boy who is their cousin.