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Barry County, Mo. girls reportedly abducted are found alive in Wyoming

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Reported July 29, 2011 at 7:55 PM CST:  One week after the Barry County Sheriff's Office issued an Endangered Person Advisory for two girls from Exeter, Missouri and their father, the sheriff has good news.

Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly told us this evening that Abby L. Chapman, 7, and Isabella K. Chapman, 3, as well as their father, were found this afternoon by authorities in Parks County, Wyoming.

Authorities had said Matthew Chapman picked up the girls from their mother's residence in Exeter, Missouri on July 10 to take them to Silver Dollar City.  Chapman sold his vehicle on July 13 and had not been seen or heard from since by family or friends.

Now, Chapman has been arrested on a warrant for parental kidnapping.  Sheriff Epperly expects to issue a warrant to have him expedited back to Barry County early next week.

Sheriff Epperly says the children are in protective custody at this time.  He says the U.S. Marshall Service is working on transporting the children back to Barry County.

Sheriff Epperly says the father has made allegations against the mother so once the children are returned to Barry County the Children's Division of Family Services and the Juvenile Office will be involved to make sure there are no problems at home.

Sheriff Epperly says he was told the girls are fine.

"I'm glad that it came out with a happy ending," Epperly says.

Reported July 22, 2011 at 5:09 PM CST:  The Barry County Sheriff's Office has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for two girls from Exeter, Missouri and their father.

Authorities say Matthew Chapman picked up Abby L. Chapman, 7, and Isabella K. Chapman, 3, from their mother's residence in Exeter, Missouri on July 10 to take them to Silver Dollar City.

Chapman sold his vehicle on July 13 and has not been seen or heard from since by family or friends.

According to family, Matthew Chapman has contacts in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Texas.

Chapman should be considered armed and dangerous.

Matthew Chapman is a 35 year old white male, 5'11" and 170 pounds, with brown hair, green eyes and a light complexion.

Abby L. Chapman is a 7 year old white female, 4' and 45 pounds, with brown hair, blue eyes and a light complexion.

Isabella K. Chapman is a 3 year old white female, 3' and 40 pounds, with blonde hair, blue yes and a light complexion.

If you have any information regarding these individuals please call the Barry County Sheriff's Office at 417-847-3121 or your local law enforcement.

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