UPDATE: Just before noon Wednesday, officials identified the mother of the children as the suspect.
She was located in Florida, where officials began a search for the stolen car and the children.
The children were located, but the mother fled on foot and is still wanted.
The children have been placed in protective custody.
The Louisiana State Police has issued a Level II Child Endangerment Alert on behalf of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.
They are requesting assistance in locating two juvenile males, Kaesyn Heck, an 8-year-old white male, and Jax Matthews, a 4-year-old white male.
Kaesyn is approximately 5 feet tall and weighs approximately 60 pounds. Jax is approximately 3 1⁄2 feet tall and 45 pounds. Both Kaesyn and Jax are blonde headed and have ‘crew cut’ style haircuts.
Both children are missing and were last seen from their father’s home at 41598 River Road in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.
Jax Matthews was last seen wearing a camo jacket and black rubber boots. Kaesyn was last seen wearing a black jacket and blue long sleeve shirt, jeans and black rubber boots.
The children may be riding in a 2013 Hyundai Elantra, Burgundy or Red in color with a busted sunroof. The direction of travel is unknown.
If you know their whereabouts of have any information, please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sherriff’s Office at 985-345-6150 and Sgt. Lindell Bridges at 985-551-0653.
No additional information is available at this time.
Sgt. Dustin Dwight
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section