Mother and Two Young Children Missing, Maybe in Danger
6-year-old Maximus and 1-year-old Jack, along with their mother, 37-year-old Amy Beth West, were last seen on Wednesday morning. Now all three have been designated "endangered missing persons" by police.
West failed to show up for a court-ordered meeting to turn the kids over to their father, scheduled on Wednesday night. A concerned family member called police to check on West.
Police found West's car parked at her house on Esplanade Drive in Reston and her purse, cellphone and credit cards inside.
Police say West may have a gun she bought recently from a relative. Family say she suffers from a mental illness, and police say that she does not have her medication with her.
So far, police say they have found no signs of a struggle or hints that the family was abducted.
Neighbors say the family seemed happy and are shocked by their disappearance.
Amy West is approximately 5 feet 4 inches and 145 pounds. All three family members have brown hair and brown eyes.