Daniel Duignan, 11; Owen Duignan, 9; and their mother, Chicago Police Detective Jamie Duignan, were reported missing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Jamie Duignan told her husband, who is a Chicago police sergeant, that she was taking the kids to the park near their Beverly home, but never returned, police said. Chicago police issued an abduction alert for the two children.
A Grand Chute police officer spotted Jamie Duignan's van in a hotel parking lot around 12:30 p.m. after a cell phone signal indicated that they were in Wisconsin, according to officials.
"She's cooperative with us and the children are safe," said Sergeant Greg Mohr of the Grand Chute police.
It's unclear whether the incident was an abduction or a miscommunication, but authorities say the parents are in the process of divorcing, though they have joint custody of the children and still live together.
"It's the best feeling I've had all year, you never know what's going to happen so just knowing that these guys are good, that everyone is fine, so the rest of it can get sorted out," said Patrick Duignan, the children's uncle.
No charges have been filed.