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A Millersburg area grandmother and her two grandchildren who spent the night lost in a wooded area near her home were found Tuesday after a large-scale nighttime search for them that included about 35 Central Missouri public safety officers.

Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane said the 58-year-old grandmother, a 10-year-old grandson, and a 12-year-old granddaughter had left her residence near County Road 346 sometime Monday afternoon to walk in a wooded area.

The children, who live with their parents in Columbia, were visiting their grandmother.

Crane said family members became concerned about the grandmother and her two grandchildren when they did not return Monday evening.

After several hours had passed, family members began to search but were unable to locate them.

Crane said the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office was not contacted about the missing trio until 1:10 a.m. Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office organized public safety officers from a wide area and initiated a large-scale search that lasted throughout the night.

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