Sheriff: Katherine Jackson is safe, with family

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities in Los Angeles say they have located Katherine Jackson and that she is safe and with a family member.

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Pope says investigators continue to speak with Jackson’s relatives and gather more information about her whereabouts.

A relative reported the Jackson family matriarch missing on Saturday night, but her son Jermaine said Sunday evening she was with her sister Rebbie in Arizona.

Pope says he does not have details on her exact whereabouts and that investigators are working on the case.

Jermaine Jackson wrote in a statement that his mother was following doctor’s orders to rest and stay away from the phone.

Katherine Jackson is the guardian of the children of her late son Michael and had not spoken with them in a week.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Authorities said Sunday they believe Katherine Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson and the guardian of his three minor children, is safe in Arizona with family members after she was reported missing.

The disclosure came after another concerned family member officially reported her missing Saturday night amid a dispute over the estate of her superstar son.

A person familiar with Katherine Jackson’s whereabouts said she is with her daughter Rebbie in Arizona and following a doctor’s orders to rest. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The 82-year-old Jackson family matriarch was reported missing by a relative on Saturday night. Sheriff’s officials later said they believe she is in Arizona with a relative, but they were still trying to establish contact with her.

Katherine Jackson’s whereabouts caused concern for some family members in recent days, and her granddaughter Paris Jackson issued a frantic plea on Twitter early Sunday.

“I haven’t spoken with her in a week I want her home now,” she posted from her Twitter account. She also tweeted a number for people to contact in case they saw her grandmother.

Katherine Jackson also hadn’t been in contact with her attorneys, who worked Sunday to learn more information about her whereabouts and why she had suddenly become incommunicado, including with her grandchildren.

“First of all, let’s hope that this is all just a big misunderstanding and a totally benign situation,” her attorney Perry Sanders Jr. said Sunday. “Assuming that she did actually leave on doctor’s orders, no matter which doctor, it has certainly created an absolutely irregular situation whereby she has been out of contact with her grandchildren.”

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