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BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - Benton County Sheriff's Detectives got a phone message from Colette Lopez who said that she and her children were safe.
Her family notified authorities Wednesday after the woman and her children were nowhere to be found.
Deputies said they think she is with her estranged husband, Daniel Lopez who has a history of domestic violence.
Lopez was last scene by a co-worker walking towards a bank on Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick.
Thursday morning she allegedly called her father and said she was somewhere on I-90 taking a road trip with her children but Benton County Deputies still want to talk with her.
Benton County Deputy Joe Lusignan, "They may not be in any danger however because of the history of domestic violence, warrants out for his arrest and the restraining order she has against him, we just want to make sure they are safe."
Colette Lopez's father said his daughter was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of her estranged husband Daniel. He said the two have been married for ten years.
Wednesday Deputies said Colette did not show up for work at Columbia Basin Satellite in Kennewick and said the children were not taken to school
Lusignan said, "It does concern us because it's not the normal planning for someone that says they're taking a road trip with three kids."
Deputies said they also saw Colette with Daniel on a store security videotape and said she and children did not appear to be in danger.
Colette reportedly has a restraining order against Daniel who lives in Missouri however Deputies said he was in the Tri-Cities visiting the kids.
Deputies said he also has warrants for his arrest related to domestic violence.
Lusignan said, "Domestic violence always has a dangerous edge."
Detectives still want to speak with Colette in person to make sure she is all right.