Late Saturday, Richland County authorities announced they had found two children missing from their home since early in the day. "They were found at the home of a family friend," said sheriff department spokesman Curtis Wilson Curtis. They were unharmed.
Richland County authorities searched for the children all day after the children’s mother called the sheriff’s department around 2 p.m. to report her 10-year-old daughter, Sylvia Bacon Scott, and 8-year-old son, Michael Scott Jr., missing. She told authorities she and her daughter had argued and that the girl took her brother and left the house.
When last seen, the girl was wearing a purple and lavender nightgown, a turquoise and brown jacket, white socks and black and white tennis shoes.
The boy was wearing blue jeans, a sweatshirt with some sort of emblem and brown tennis shoes.
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“We’re highly concerned about the weather,” said sheriff’s department detective Don Robinson, who was leading the search as the sun set and the temperature began to fall toward a low of 34 degrees forecast for Columbia overnight.
Authorities used specially trained dogs and a helicopter in their search.
They also used a special communications system called the Reverse-911 alert system, which calls telephone numbers in the children’s neighborhood to enlist support in the search.
“We’ve had a good response,” Robinson said.
Several early evening tips came in reporting children matching the Scott children’s descriptions walking along neighborhood roads. Around sunset, a caller reported seeing two children on Rosewood Drive, prompting a diversion of resources and a new strategy, Robinson said.
The children’s father, Mike Scott Sr., said his daughter left after her mother, Herlaschia Bacon, told her to clean up her room. She has done this before, he said, but she usually goes to one of her friends’ houses a couple of blocks away.
Scott said he’d been walking the neighborhood since 9:30 a.m. when he learned of his children’s disappearance.
“I had been at the Plasma Center donating plasma to feed my family,” he said.
The children were found in a home on Senate Street about three miles from their own home on Maryland Street in Olympia.