Jaxon and Josephine Townsend

MISSING: Emergency order issued for two siblings who haven’t been seen in a month

Oklahoma and Illinois authorities are searching for two children who never showed up to school, where their grandmother was supposed to pick them up.

News on 6 reports that Jaxon Townsend, 8, and his younger sister, Josephine Joy Townsend, 7, were last seen on December 20. A  December 17 court order ruled that their father, Gary Daniel Townsend, was to give temporary custody of the children to their grandparents. When their grandmother arrived to pick them up from school three days later, the children were not there.

Dan and I believe that Jaxson and Josie Townsend are in possible harm and that they are being hidden from us. Please share. Ashlee Joy Sikes

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The children’s grandmother, Joy Newtown, thinks that the children are in “possible harm,” according to her Facebook post.

Last Monday, a judge issued an emergency order to have the children placed in their grandparents’ care immediately. The judge also issued an arrest warrant for Gary Townsend.

“We want people to know that we are exhausting every effort that we have available to us to make sure that the kids are with the correct guardians,” Guthrie Police Sgt. Anthony Gibbs said.

Authorities said the children may have been in Chicago, according to Guthrie News Page.

Anyone with information on the children’s whereabouts should contact the Guthrie Police Department at 405-282-3535.

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[Feature Photo: Jaxon and Josephine Townsend/Police Handout]