Police mum on details about missing Milwaukee girls
Todd Hicks and The WTMJ News Team
CREATED Mar. 24, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The family tells TODAY'S TMJ4 they're filled with emotions and relief after learning the girls were found safe.
"I'm just filled with joy because this could have ended a lot worse," family member Laquanda Kern says.
Kern doesn't want to think about what could have happened. Her only focus now is giving her cousins a big hug.
"Someone called the mom and said 'We found your kids, were going to take them to the nearest police station,'" Kern says.
"They went and ID'd them."
Samaria Johnson and Olivia Erkins were last seen at their house around 11 p.m. Saturday. Their parents told Milwaukee Police they went missing about 15 minutes after going to bed. Police say the nine and four-year-old girls were brought to their District Five building by a concerned citizen.
They wouldn't reveal any other details about the incident.
"Mom is being reunited with her children right now," Milwaukee Police Captain Regina Howard says. "We believe that is most important."
The search went on for more than 12 hours.
Police went door-to-door while a bloodhound tried to pick up the girls' scent.
Kern tells TODAY'S TMJ4 the family is so thankful for the support.
"I hated to think that this would be one of those cases that wouldn't end well," Kern says. "I have my faith in God and I just prayed. I knew he wasn't going to fail me."
Detectives are still talking to the girls' family. Police will not say where they think the girls were for those 12 hours.