April Copeland and her two children.

UPDATED at 11:34 a.m. Tuesday : Missing children and mother found safe, authorities say.


A Summersville woman and her two children are missing, authorities said. It is unknown whether it is related to the flood.

The West Plains Police Department issued a missing person advisory Tuesday.

Authorities said 31-year-old April Copeland and her two small children, ages 5 and 5 months, were last seen Monday afternoon leaving Summersville on the way to West Plains. Police say she was last spoken to by family members via phone and is believed to have stopped at McDonald’s in Mountain View just after 4:30 p.m. All three are believed to be traveling in a blue 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe with Missouri plates.

Persons with information should contact West Plains detectives at 417-256-2244 or email CrimeTips@westplains.net.

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