Missing Florida siblings, 10 and 11, found driving stolen mom's car 3 hours from home: deputies

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A pair of siblings who were reported missing were found three hours away from home in a stolen car that belonged to their mother, according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. 

Deputies found a white car driving on Interstate-75 in Alachua shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday. The car came back as reported stolen, and deputies conducted a "high risk" traffic stop, the sheriff's office wrote on Facebook. 

When they pulled the car over, two kids – a 10-year-old boy and his 11-year-old sister – stepped out of the car. 

Deputies learned the siblings were reported missing to the North Port Police Department. North Port, a city between Fort Myers and Sarasota, is over 200 miles south of Alachua. 

The stolen car the 10-year-old boy was driving belonged to their mother, according to deputies. 


Photo: Alachua County Sheriff


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Deputies were able to make contact with the kids' mother, who declined to pursue charges. She drove to Alachua County to take custody of both kids, deputies said.