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Update: Missing Utah Amber Alert girls found safe

Utah Amber Alert issued for two girls (Photo: Family photo)

UPDATE: 7:04 p.m.

Dinah and Haddie Coltharp, 4 and 8 years-old, have been found safe. Police tell 2News the girls were found alone in a building outside the town of Lund, Utah and are being transferred to a local hospital for medical evaluations.


UPDATE: 6:35 p.m.

Two girls have been found, but NOT the two girls mentioned in today's Amber Alert.

The suspect, Samuel Warren Shaffer is now in custody.

Elizabeth Dinah Coltharp, 8, and Hattie Briella Coltharp, 4 are still missing.

Continue to follow KUTV.com and KUTV 2News on air as this story continues to develop.

UPDATE: 12/4/17 6:15 p.m.

Watch a new interview with the mother of the 2 missing Utah girls out of Iron County.

(KUTV) A Utah Amber Alert has been issued for two girls, 4 and 8 years old.

Police are looking for Elizabeth Dinah Coltharp, 8, and Hattie Briella Coltharp, 4. They are believed to be with Samuel Warren Shaffer, 34.

Police said Shaffer was seen with the two girls along with his own two daughters Lillie and Samantha Shaffer. They were seen on foot but it is not known if there is a vehicle involved.

”Family members said they have reason to believe John Coltharp has given his daughters to a man for marriage, and the children’s health and nutrition is in doubt,” the Denver Post reported.

They were in the Lund, Utah, area, found about 45 minutes northwest of Cedar City, Utah. It is a small, unincorporated town next to a railroad.

2News will update this story as more information becomes available.

Elizabeth Cotharp, 8, is described as:

  • 4 feet 9 inches tall
  • 45 pounds
  • Brown hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Last seen wearing a blue dress, gray pants under the dress, wearning hiking books which are possibly camouflaged and a camouflaged jacked.

Hattie Briella Coltharp is 4, is described as:

  • 2 feet 10 inches tall
  • 37 pounds
  • Brown hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Last seen wearing blue spandex pants with purple polka dots and short sleeve shirt of an undetermined color

Suspected abductor Samual Warren Shaffer, 34, is described as:

  • 5 feet 10 inches tall
  • 160 pounds
  • Brown hair
  • Hazel eyes
  • Last seen wearing black pants, a black puffy coat, camouflaged Boonie hat.

A Facebook page called Help us find the Coltharps has information that KUTV cannot verify but may be information useful to find the missing children.

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