Authorities asked for the public's help Monday in finding three missing western Missouri siblings who are believed to be with their mother, who doesn't have legal custody of them.
Cass County sheriff's Maj. Jeff Weber said an endangered person advisory has been issued for 11-year-old Tabitha Davis, 14-year-old Jasper Davis, and 15-year-old Jordan Davis, of Harrisonville.
The children's father, Jamie Davis, reported them missing Friday after he returned home from work and found they weren't there. He told deputies he believes the children are with their mother, 44-year-old Sherri L. Davis.
Jamie Davis said he doesn't think Sherri Davis poses any danger to the children, though she hadn't had known contact with them for at least three years, Weber said. Sherri Davis doesn't have a current address and has "been very transient," he said.
"We're interested in finding them and ensuring their safety," Weber said.
Sherri Davis may go by other names, including Sherri Lynn Oneil, Weber said. She was last known to be traveling in a recreational vehicle with Arizona license plates or a black Mercedes SUV with Alaska license plates. She may also be traveling with five German shepherds, he said.
"Whether she still has those dogs or not we're unsure," Weber said.
Calls to phone listings for Sherri Davis in Missouri and North Carolina rang unanswered or didn't appear to be working.
Weber said the matter did not meet criteria for an Amber Alert in part because the parents, who are divorced, have had problems with custody arrangements and visitation, and because the father didn't believe the children were in any danger.
"We're unsure what current plans are in place, but it's highly unorthodox for a parent to show up, not notify the other parent and take the children," Weber said.
Calls to the sheriff's office with leads have tapered off since Sunday, he said. The sheriff's office asks anyone with information to call 816-380-5200.