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Missing Gresham children found safe with grandmother

Missing Gresham children found safe with grandmother »Play Video
From left, 2-year-old Gage Melia, 11-year-old Amaya Cameron and 6-year-old Riley Melia.

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police found a Portland grandmother with her three grandchildren in Gresham early Monday morning after searching for the group since Sunday night.

Someone spotted 58-year-old Barbara Cameron's car at around 6:30 a.m. and called 911. Police said that person recognized the car's license plate after seeing it on the news. The caller stayed on the phone with the 911 dispatcher until police caught up to the car.

Police stopped the car near NE 162nd Avenue and Glisan Street in Gresham. Police said everyone was safe inside, and Cameron was cooperative.

She does not face any charges. She will undergo a mental health evaluation.

“I’m really happy. I just want to get them home right now,” said the children's mother, Carly Cameron. "I’m sure they’re cold and tired and they want to go home too.”

Barbara Cameron told KATU’s Melanie Wingo that the whole thing was “a misunderstanding.”

“I think she’ll deal with that later,” said Carly Cameron. “We’re just going to leave that alone for right now.”

Police feared Cameron may have suffered a mental health crisis. The children were last seen with her at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at her Portland home. Cameron didn't return the children to her daughter's house Sunday night as expected.

The children's mother reported them missing at around 10 p.m. Sunday. The children are 11-year-old Amaya Cameron, 6-year-old Riley Melia and 2-year-old Gage Melia.

Amaya Cameron told police that her grandmother was acting erratic. She said her grandma stopped in the road several times for no reason, and drove around all night without stopping to let her grandchildren use the bathroom, according to Gresham Police Lt. Claudio Grandjean.

Barbara Cameron didn't have a cell phone with her, police said.