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2 missing children believed to be taken by father found safely, CHP says

Modesto police found Gino Costello, 9, and Memphis Zeko, 5 at a hotel room and arrested their father, Nicholas Zeko.

MODESTO, Calif. — Sept. 18 update:

The two children who were reported to be taken by their father by the California Highway Patrol on Friday night were found safely at around midnight, according to the Modesto Police Department. 

Modesto police found Gino Costello, 9, and Memphis Zeko, 5 at a hotel room and arrested their father, Nicholas Zeko.  

Original story:

The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert on Friday for two missing children who may have been taken by their father, according to the alert. 

The CHP said Gino Costello, 9, and Memphis Zeko, 5, were last seen with their father, Nicholas Zeko, on Thursday at around 10 p.m. in River Side County. They believe they could be in the Modesto area and are in "imminent danger."

The vehicle listed in the CHP's alert is described to be a white and gold 2005 Ford Expedition with the license plate V449G0. 

The CHP asked anyone who has information about their location to call 911.

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