It was established that the kids reside with their father in Clifford and were visiting their grandmother’s house on Hutchinson Road in North Branch. The father attempted to obtain a cell phone from one of the children. This resulted in all three kids leaving their grandmothers home.
They were believed to be traveling by foot.
Deputies conducted a search of the area last night and did not locate the children. The investigation included contacts with family and known friends. Efforts were exhausted and all three children were entered as missing.
As of Wednesday afternoon, at 2 PM, there had not been any known contact with any of the three children. It was unknown if the kids were being provided shelter or were outside exposed to the environmental elements since this is a rural area. At that time, foul play was not suspected. There was growing concern for the welfare of the children as time passed.
Around 4:00 PM, a credible tip from the public was received that the Podvin children were staying with a juvenile friend who was hiding them from the police and parents on Martus Road in North Branch. Deputies visited the residence to investigate that tip.
While at the residence, the Podvin children were visually seen by deputies. The three children fled on foot traveling through fields. Additional resources were deployed to aid in this search. After about an hour of extensive searching in the area of Snoblin Road in North Branch, the children were located and detained by deputies.
The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department is happy to convey that the children are fine and this situation was successfully and quickly resolved.