Amber alert issued out of Des Moines for two boys

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UPDATE:  The Amber Alert has been cancelled, but authorities have not said if the boys have been found.


DES MOINES, Iowa — An Amber alert was issued out of Des Moines for two boys around 2 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.

The alert was issued for Morgan Griffin, 12, and Landon Griffin, 11. The alert says the children were taken from Des Moines on Dec. 28, 2016, by Mary Purcell, 35.

They are possibly headed to Oregon and may be associated with a brown 2003 Chevy Suburban with an Iowa plate CRY371.

The alert did not state how Purcell knew the boys.

Purcell is described as being 5 foot 2 inches, weighting approximately 135 pounds, with green eyes and either blond or brown hair. Morgan is described as being about 5 foot 3 inches, approximately 140 pounds with brown hair and eyes. Landon is described as 5 foot 4 inches, approximately 135 pounds with brown hair and eyes.

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The Des Moines Police released details on social media, saying that Purcell is the boys’ biological mother but her parental rights had been terminated. There is a valid Polk County warrant for violation of a custodial order for her.

One of the children has medical issues that need to be addressed, says the police.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of these individuals, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (515) 286-3333 or your local law enforcement agency. Polk County Detectives are currently investigating the incident.