Missing Kansas foster children found safe; man detained

October 17, 2017 - 9:15 pm

TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) -€ Authorities have arrested a man and found three sisters whose disappearance in August from their Kansas foster home touched off a larger debate about runaway foster children.

Tonganoxie police chief Jeffery Brandau says police in Kansas City, Missouri, arrested the man, 48, early Tuesday, hours after identifying him as a "person of interest" and saying the 12-, 14- and 15-year-old girls would be "in danger" if they were with him. Brandau says the man is being detained on a 24-hour investigative hold.

The case led to broader concerns among lawmakers who learned last week during a Statehouse meeting that more than 70 foster children are missing in Kansas. The number of missing represents about 1% of the state's foster care population, which is in line with the national average.

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