A Seneca man and his three children, reported missing earlier this week after a court granted custody of the children to state child welfare officials, have been located, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said Wednesday afternoon.
David Mize and the children were found in a trailer on property in Salem, South Carolina, around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Mize, charged with three counts of custodial interference, was taken into custody without incident, Crenshaw said. He was being held at the Oconee County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon on a $15,000 surety bond.
The children, Acie, 7, Macie, 9, and Josie, 14, were in the care of the SC Department of Social Services, Crenshaw said.
The children had been in the care of a temporary custodian on Monday, when their father allegedly
spirited them away after learning that a court had granted custody to the state child welfare agency.
No information was given about why state officials were granted custody of the three children.