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Missing children found safe

by: GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT - Gage Malia, Amaya Cameron, Riley MaliaThree Gresham children who were last seen with their grandmother in Portland were found safe Monday morning. They have been reunited with their mother.

The children were last seen with Barbara Cameron, 58, at her house near Northeast 77th and Halsey at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. Police reported she drives a peach or beige colored 2000 Toyota Corolla with Oregon license plate 702BYF.

The news was reported on TV, radio and newspaper websites. At 6:34 a.m. Monday, a citizen spotted a 2000 Toyota Corolla with the same license plate as previously reported. The citizen called 911 to say that he had seen the car on the news and was following it from the area of Northeast 141st and Sandy.

The citizen stayed on the phone with the 911 call taker until Portland Police were able to catch up to the citizen and the car with the grandmother and the children inside near Northeast 162nd and Glisan. Portland Police were able to confirm the identities of the people in the car and that everyone was safe.

The children are: Amaya Cameron, 11; Riley Melia, 6; and Gage Melia, 2. They had not returned to their mother's home in Gresham by the early Sunday evening when Cameron had agreed to bring them home. The children's mother called from her home at 9:52 p.m. to report them as missing.

Cameron frequently talks to herself in religious-themed phrases and may be having a mental health crisis. Police were checking all of Cameron's known favorite spots and her home in search of the children when they were found.