By Rikki King Herald Writer
UPDATE 1:30 p.m. Wednesday: The Drakeford children have been found safe, according to Marysville police. The children are in protective police custody in Montana.
Their parents are in Montana State Patrol police custody.
UPDATE, 11:45 a.m. Wednesday: Marysville police said Wednesday morning they now have reason to believe a Snohomish County couple that is the focus of an Amber Alert are traveling east on I-90 and are in Western Montana.
Detectives have been able to confirm Curtis Drakeford and Ashley Lynn-Nichole Todd traveled into the City of Deer Lodge, Mont., as late as 10:15 a.m. Wednesday and believe they are continuing to travel eastbound. They are accused of taking their three Marysville children in violation of a court order.
Detectives also believe they are still driving the four-door, silver 1998 Pontiac Grand-Am GT with Washington license AGJ9693.
An Amber Alert was issued late Tuesday night for three Marysville children who were reportedly taken by their parents in violation of court orders.
Marysville police believe the children are with their mother, Ashley Lynn-Nichole Todd, 29, and father Curtis R. Drakeford, 33.
The children are Curtsten K. Drakeford, 6; Ashton Z. Drakeford, 8; and Kali L. Drakeford, 9. They all have black hair and brown eyes.
Todd is white, 5-foot-5 and 220 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes. Drakeford is black, 5-foot-11 and 240 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
The couple and the children may be in a silver four-door 1998 Pontiac Grand-Am GT with the Washington license plate AGJ9693.
They have friends and family elsewhere in Washington, but they also may head to the South Carolina area, police said.
The children are under state custody. They were on a temporary trial visit with their mother under strict orders that their father not be present at the home, Marysville Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux said Tuesday. Child Protective Services recently had learned that the family was violating those orders and was in the process of revoking the trial visit when the parents allegedly fled with the children.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911.