Authorities began searching for 7-year-old Nora Jackson and 3-year-old Aven Jackson after the young girls were reported missing from a house in Leavenworth, 40 minutes south of Kansas City, Kansas, NBC affiliate KSHB-TV reported. Their disappearance sparked Amber Alerts in Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a tweet Saturday that the two young girls had been abducted by their father, Donny Jackson, 40, who was also believed to have been involved in a double homicide of two boys found at the Leavenworth home.
To recap the info from our website – the two girls are believed to have been abducted by Donny Jackson, who may have been involved in a double homicide of two other children
— Kansas AMBER Alert (@ksamberalert) October 24, 2020
It was not immediately clear what his relationship is to the young boys.
Late Saturday, the Amber Alert was canceled.
According to KBI, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers and Beckham county officials pulled over his vehicle and took Jackson into custody after an officer spotted the Honda Accord at the center of the Amber Alert near the Texas-Oklahoma border in Erick, Okla.
The two young girls were recovered and soon returned to their family, KSHB reported.
No other details about when the double homicide or the abduction occurred was immediately available.
Less than an hour before Leavenworth County deputies discovered the double homicide, the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped Donny’s vehicle for an “unrelated car stop” near the Oklahoma border shortly after 12:30 p.m., according to KBI. The two girls were inside the vehicle at the time.
Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Jim Sheriff said during a news conference on Saturday afternoon that it was a “basic traffic stop.”
“They made contact at the vehicle and that was prior to law enforcement being alert to the incident that had transpired here today,” Sherley said.
He added that the sheriff’s office has “had dealings” with Jackson in the past but did not know about the volume of calls to his home.