7 Siblings Missing Found Safe In Sacramento With Father; Was It Kidnapping?

By Jason Van Hoven on March 1, 2013 10:07 AM EST

The 7 siblings missing in California were found unharmed with their father at his home in Sacramento on Thursday by the FBI after days of searching, according to reports.

The 7 siblings missing -- ages 5 to 12 -- were reported missing from their home in Fresno since Saturday when their mother and stepfather left them alone to go to a grocery store Saturday evening. When the latter returned from the store, the children, along with their clothes in the home, were gone as KSFN-TV pointed out.

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"We thought maybe he's probably watching and he knew we left for the store and maybe he just came over and just got them," said stepfather Bee Lor of his stepchildren's non-custodial biological father Xa Yang.

Lor pointed out that Yang had showed up in December wanting to see his kids after three years of no contact. Once the 7 siblings went missing, he and their mother started to suspect that Yang took the kids.

"We went and knocked doors -- door by door -- all around at nighttime," Lor said. "We thought maybe our children might play around with the friends around here, the neighbors."

When the 7 siblings missing were found, Yang wasn't detained. However, police are still investigating to determine whether he actually committed a crime.

Since there is no formal custody agreement in place between Yang and his ex-wife, though, he was within his legal right to see the children for up to 10 days as long as he kept in communication with the kids' mother. He has until Tuesday to check in with law enforcement.

Police never issued an Amber Alert because they didn't think the 7 siblings missing were in any danger, and investigators said that they found no signs of forced entry into Lor's home.

The children are: Chee Nou Yang, 12; Cha Meng Yang, 11; Zia Yang, 10; Chue Feng Yang, 8; Zang Yang, 7; Tria Yang, 6; and Tou Ger Yang, 5.

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