UPDATE: Missing children & mother found safe in Cordova

Slate Erickson, age 4; Jedidiah “Fox” Erickson, age 7; and Pepper Erickson, age 9 were last seen in Seward, Alaska on August 6th, 2019. Anyone with information is asked to call AST in Soldotna at 907-262-4453.

SEWARD, Alaska Earlier today Alaska State Troopers issued a report that 3 children were missing from Seward, Alaska.

As of 3:40PM AKST August 9th, the children and their mother have been found safe in Cordova, Alaska.

According to a Nixle release the Office of Children's Services requested Alaska State Troopers perform a welfare check for three children in foster care on August 6th, 2019. The next day it was determined the children were wrongfully removed from a foster home in the Seward area by an unknown female.

The children are identified as Slate Erickson, age 4; Jedidiah “Fox” Erickson, age 7; and Pepper Erickson, age 9. The investigation into the children’s disappearance revealed that on August 5th at approximately 11:30PM, a female arrived at the foster home claiming to be sent by OCS. The woman provided a name that the foster parents recognized as someone who they anticipated may be taking the children, but whom they had never met. The foster parents allowed the children to leave with the female.

Later shown a photo of the person the woman claimed to be, the foster parents confirmed it was not the same female who took the children. Further investigation has revealed the children’s mother, Melissa Salgado, 40, of Seward, is also missing. There is a concern the children could be anywhere along the road system.

Anyone with information regarding the location of Salgado or the children is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna at 907-262-4453.