- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say they’ve found a woman and three children who went missing after going trail riding in the Ocala National Forest.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says 26-year-old Tabitha Renee Elliott took her children - ages 2 and 11 months - and a friend’s toddler into the forest on Tuesday afternoon.

Leah Weaver, the mother of one of the missing children, notified officials after they didn’t return. The missing group was located shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Juniper Springs Wilderness Area about three miles from State Road 19.

The Ocala Star-Banner (https://bit.ly/1iAZRPA ) reports deputies searched on foot and in vehicles.

Elliott turned 26 on March 6, the same day she was released from the Marion County Jail after serving 8 months on grand theft charges.

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Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, https://www.starbanner.com/

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