Deputies release 911 calls in Colleton County children's disappearance

Published: Mar. 11, 2016 at 8:55 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 12, 2016 at 1:10 AM EST
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SMOAKS, SC (WCSC) - The Colleton County Sheriff's Office released the 911 calls relating to the Wednesday night disappearance of three young children.

Those children, ages 2, 3 and 4, were found in an abandoned trailer approximately 100 yards from the yard they were last seen playing in Thursday morning, some 18 hours after they vanished.

In the call, you can hear the children's grandmother, Tracy Valentine, pleading for help from authorities:

OPERATOR: Tell me exactly what happened.

VALENTINE: We don't know, we don't know. They were in the yard playing. We've been looking for about an hour now and we cannot find them.

OPERATOR: Okay, hang on one second, let me get this information, okay?

VALENTINE: Mya, Shamyra and Eugene, they're gone. We've got everyone out here looking and we can't find them.

Several people can be heard in the background talking to one another trying to find the three children.

On Friday, the children's grandmother said the children were eventually found after the oldest child called out,"It's me Mya!" The grandmother said the 4-year-old child started yelling for help when she heard authorities near the trailer where they were found. That trailer was about 100 feet from their home.

Right now, those children are in foster care as the investigation into how, and why they went, missing continues.

The children's guardian, Willie D. Williams, told investigators the children went missing some time around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. When family members were unable to locate the trio, they called 911 to report the disappearance. Deputies responded to a report of children missing from a home on Bent Gate Lane at approximately 6:33 p.m. Wednesday.

Colleton County Sheriff's Lt. Shane Roberts confirmed Friday morning the children were placed in protective custody, saying investigators are convinced someone put the toddlers in the abandoned trailer where they were found.

So far, no arrests have been made.

A custodial parent and the birth parent of one of the three children have been in a custody battle, according to an incident report from the sheriff's office.

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