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Children found after being taken by mother during unsupervised visit, CHP says

Laylah Cortez, 8, Raphael Cortez, 7, and Avygail Cortez, 5, were taken by their mother, 34-year-old Joanna Gomez, during an unsupervised visit just after 11 a.m.

HOLLISTER, Calif. — Update:

All three children believed to have been taken by their mother from Hollister, Calif. have been found and the Endangered Missing Advisory has been deactivated, CHP said.

The mother, Joanna Gomez, was also found, investigators said.

Details of where and how the family was found have not yet been released.

Original:

An Endangered Missing Advisory (EMA) has been activated for three children believed to have been taken by their mother in the city of Hollister, Friday morning.

Laylah Cortez, 8, Raphael Cortez, 7, and Avygail Cortez, 5, were taken by their mother, 34-year-old Joanna Gomez, during an unsupervised visit just after 11 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Gomez was last seen with the children near 5th Street at East Luis Street in Lathrop. CHP says she is driving a green 2006 Honda Pilot with California license plate number 5SLL442.

Gomez is described as being 5-foot-1-inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. She has blonde hair and brown eyes.

A clothing description for Gomez was not given nor were clothing descriptions for the children.

If you believe you have seen Gomez or the children, please call 9-1-1. 

More details will be released as they become available.

Credit: California Highway Patrol
Joanna Gomez is described as being 5-foot-1-inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. She has blonde hair and brown eyes.

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