Missing Austin children found in Florida, mother in custody

Police say 38-year-old Sarah Marcella Jordan was arrested in Pensacola, Florida. (Photo courtesy: Escambia County Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE: The Austin ISD Police Department says Angelia Jordan and her sisters Aleshia and Marcella have been found safe in Florida. Their mother, Sarah Marcella Jordan, is in custody.

38-year-old Sarah Jordan will face a custodial interference charge after two days of searching for her and her three daughters.

"We were actually able to locate the mother who is in custody right now and the children," interim AISD Police Chief Christian Evoy told reporters.

Sarah Jordan remains in the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola, Florida Thursday night, while child protective services look after her 10, 13 and 16-year-old daughters, who were with her when she was captured by U.S. Marshals.

Evoy says Sarah Jordan and her 16-year-old daughter Marcella took 10-year-old Angelia from Oak Hill Elementary School on Tuesday. Marcella was caught by surveillance cameras, wearing a green shirt. A teacher and an assistant principal physically tried to stop them from leaving with the fifth grader. "The Oak Hill staff did a superb job trying to stop that," said Chief Evoy.

A judge took Marcella, Angelia and 13-year-old Aleshia Jordan from their parents earlier this month. The girls were deemed to be in immediate danger and their father, Anthony Jordan, is under investigation. "The father was not with the parents, the mother I should say. I don't know ā€¦ I have no knowledge of where the father is," the chief said.

Cell phone pings tracked the mother and girls heading east out of Texas. "I can tell you it was Florida where we were able to locate them," Chief Evoy said.

As of now, Sarah Jordan is in the Escambia County Jail, facing a state jail felony. "Our number one priority is to make sure our students are safe," said Chief Evoy.

Sarah Jordan could spend up to two years in state jail if she's convicted, although the next step will likely be bringing her back to Texas.


An arrest warrant has been issued for the mother of missing 10-year-old Angelia Jordan last seen leaving Oak Hill Elementary School on Tuesday.

38-year-old Sarah Marcella Jordan is wanted for interference with child custody.

The assistant principal at the Oak Hill Elementary told officers that the staff at the school were aware the girl's biological mother and father might attempt to take Angelia from the school as she had been placed in protective custody by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

According to the warrant, the assistant principal and a teacher told officers that outside of the school near the end of the day on Tuesday, they observed Angelia yell "Marcella!" and run up to and hug a female who looked to be about 16 years old. The staff said they believed this girl to be Angelia's sister, who she had mentioned previously.

CBS Austin has confirmed Angelia's sisters, 13-year-old Aleshia and 16-year-old Marcella are also listed as missing, possibly in the company of their mother and father. Aleshia went missing Tuesday, the same day as Angelia, but Marcella was last seen on November 3.

Marcella told Angelia "ok, ok, we've got to go" and the pair began to walk away. The assistant principal blocked the sisters' path, telling Marcella that she couldn't leave. The teacher then approached the pair and told Marcella "you don't want to break the law."

According to the warrant, Marcella responded "go ahead, call the police." Marcella began pulling on Angelia, but the assistant principal and the teacher were holding onto her.

Angelia told Marcella "maybe you should let go, we're going to get in trouble" before she noticed a woman standing further away. Police say the victim asked Marcella "is that mom?" to which Marcella replied "no it's not."

The assistant principal told police that the woman, who she believed was Sarah Jordan, approached her, grabbed her by the arm that was holding onto Angelia, and physically removed her grip from the victim.

Sarah Jordan reportedly told the assistant principal "go ahead and stop me" before she and the two girls ran "like hell," according to the teacher. Police say they left in a green minivan.

On Wednesday, a woman who is a friend of Sarah Jordan called police to say she had contact with Jordan by telephone.

The woman told police she asked if the news about Angelia was correct, and Jordan told the woman she picked up Angelia due to allegations being brought up against her husband again, and that she had Angelia and they were currently out of the state.

According to the woman, Jordan did not tell her where they were.

If you know anything about the whereabouts of Sarah and Angelia Jordan, you are asked to call police or 1-800-THE-LOST.

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