SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The Davison County Sheriff’s Office tells KELOLAND News that the kids involved in an Amber Alert issued Saturday afternoon are safe. The sheriff’s office says they were recovered in the Mitchell area in rural Davison County. The Custer County Sheriff’s Office tells KELOLAND News that Katrina Seay and a man are in custody.
According to the Amber Alert, the children were believed to be in immediate danger after being taken by Seay Saturday morning, around 11:20 a.m. The Amber Alert was issued at 4:08 p.m. Saturday.
A few hours after authorities put out the Amber Alert, a woman called the KELOLAND News tip line and identified herself as the suspect. Over the phone with KELOLAND’s Dan Santella at 7:29 p.m., Katrina Seay admitted that she took her children and “did something to protect” them. She said her children Zyriah and Jeremiah were both “safe” and “not in danger.” She also claimed that law enforcement had been following her for hours. She would not, however, say where they were.
KELOLAND News immediately called 911 after taking this phone call. Shortly after that, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation called Dan Santella, who relayed all details to law enforcement.
Law enforcement says Seay and the two children were located in Mitchell Saturday evening.
Updated May 31 at 5:36 a.m.
The suspect is currently in the Pennington County Jail.
Katrina Joy Seay’s name is listed right now on the county’s website among the inmates. She faces a first-degree kidnapping charge.
This is a developing story; look for additional information here as new details are confirmed.