Missing Bootheel Family Found Unharmed

MARCH 7, 2007 - Posted at 12:07 p.m. CST, updated at 3:10 p.m. CST

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO - A Pemiscot County woman and her three children that had been missing for one week have been found safe and unharmed.

Jennifer Van Dyke, her daughter and two young sons, had been last seen on February 28.  Few details about their discovery are available at this time, but a spokesman with the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Dept. said the family had been found this afternoon.

Chief Investigators Ryan Holder says Van Dyke may end up facing charges as a result of the disappearance.

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO - Pemiscot County authorities are investigating the case of a local family that has been missing since February 28.

Chief Investigator Ryan Holder of the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department says a mother and three of her children are missing.  They are identified as 23-year-old Jennifer Van Dyke, 5-year-old Kelsey Van Dyke, 2-year-old Nathan Van Dyke, and 1-year-old Jeremiah Van Dyke.

Jennifer Van Dyke, the mother, is described as a white female with long brown hair and green eyes.  She may also have a tongue ring.

Kelsey Van Dyke is 3-feet tall and weighs 45 pounds, with long blonde hair and blue eyes.  Nathan Van Dyke has short blonde hair and green eyes, is approximately 2-feet tall and weighs 35 pounds.  Jeremiah Van Dyke is approximately 18 inches tall, weighs 20 pounds, and has short blonde hair with blue eyes.

It is believed the Van Dykes are probably in southeast Missouri or northeast Arkansas.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is strongly encouraged to contact the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Dept. at 573-333-4101.