AUSTIN, Texas – An Amber Alert issued for four children in central Texas was canceled Sunday after they were found safe at an Austin hotel, authorities said.
According to a press release, the children were located at a hotel in the 11900 block of Mopac, unharmed. The matter is being handled civilly through Child Protective Services.
The Travis County Sheriff’s Office had been looking for Gabriella Garcia, 10, Julian Garcia, 7, Sebastian Garcia, 3, and Giovanna Garcia, 2. The four children were believed to have been abducted early Sunday.
The case was turned over to Child Protective Services, according to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. Certain criteria need to be met in order for law enforcement to issue an Amber Alert for a missing child age 17 or younger.
First, there needs to be a reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction occurred. Additionally, the law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
Another criteria is that there is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction that would assist in the recovery of the child, such as a vehicle description or license plate number.
“Ultimately, the children were located through TCSO’s investigation, conducted by patrol deputies, detectives and intelligence analysts. TCSO would also like to thank the public for their help. Many useful tips were received as a result of the Amber Alert,” said TCSO’s public information office.