Missing Elbert County kids found safe at Aurora hotel, man arrested

AURORA, Colo. – Authorities found two missing Elbert County children Sunday at a hotel in Aurora and arrested a man in connection with their disappearance.

Jordan and McKayla Jackson were reported missing Friday by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Elbert County Sheriff’s Office after they were last seen at an Elizabeth park Friday afternoon.

McKayla, 9, has autism and functions at the level of a 5 or 6-year-old child, according to CBI.

Around 3 p.m. Sunday, investigators with the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office found her and her brother, 14-year-old Jordan, at the Travel Lodge Hotel in Aurora.

They were not harmed and were in good health, the sheriff’s office says.

Police arrested Alex Jackson, 45, in connection with their disappearance.

He faces four misdemeanor charges in regards to the incident: false imprisonment, two counts of harboring a minor, and false reporting-false identification.

The sheriff’s office says it is still looking to make sure that anyone else involved with the disappearance of the children are identified and arrested.

“Deputies and investigators did an incredible job of locating the children; their relentless drive paid off, McKayla and Jordan are safe and well, we couldn’t ask for anything more,” Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap said in a Facebook post. “Big thanks to Aurora Police Department and our brothers and sisters in blue - their officers are always there to help, and we truly appreciate all they do!”

Court records show Jackson had already posted bond Monday and was out of custody.

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