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UPDATE: Relatives Hand Over 3 Children Reported Missing

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POLSON, Mont. (AP) - Relatives have handed over three children reported missing and believed to be with their father, who does not have legal custody of them.

The Missoulian reports the children were turned over to the Lake County Sheriff's Office Thursday after the Montana Department of Justice issued an advisory.

Flathead Tribal Police Chief Craig Couture says the children were in their mother's custody in Lapwai, Idaho, until she was incarcerated. Another family member who took them in also was jailed. The children's father, Kortny Duback, then picked up the children.

The Nez Perce Tribe asked for assistance from Flathead reservation authorities in locating them.

Couture says arrest warrants for Duback and two relatives are being issued.

He says the 7- and 3-year-old girls and the 5-year-old boy will be turned over to Nez Perce reservation authorities.

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POLSON, Mont. (AP) - The Flathead Tribal Police Department is helping the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho in searching for three children who are missing and believed to be with their father, who does not have legal custody of them.
    
The Montana Department of Justice issued a missing endangered person advisory Thursday for the children, who were last known to be in Polson on Nov. 15.
    
Their father is 30-year-old Kortny Gene Duback, a Native American who is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. He may be driving a black 2000 Toyota Camry with Montana license plate 15-0351C.
    
The children are 7-year-old Kallie, 5-year-old Justin and 3-year-old Nevaeh.
    
Flathead Tribal Police Chief Craig Couture says the children were in their mother's custody in Lapwai, Idaho, until she was incarcerated. Another family member took them in until that person also was jailed. Duback then picked up the children.
    

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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