Woman and three children located in Basalt by authorities
A woman and her three children who were being sought by authorities in the El Jebel area Wednesday were found in Basalt and are safe, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
Rebekah Chasten and her three kids were found shortly before 7 p.m. at the Element Hotel in Basalt, according to Jessie Porter, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.
“They (investigators) received an anonymous tip on her location based on information we were putting out in the community,” Porter said. The tip said Chasten had checked into the hotel with her children. She was contacted without incident.
Porter said the case is under investigation and it was unknown if Chasten would face charges.
Chasten, 33, did not have custody of the children. She was visiting them Wednesday while the custodial parent was present, according to Porter.
Authorities sent out an alert at 5 p.m. about the search for Chasten and the children. It said they were last seen walking in a dry ditch near Kodiak Lake, east of the El Jebel Plaza and north of Highway 82. The children are an eight-year-old boy, a three-year-old boy and a one-year-old girl.
The statement released by the sheriff’s office said Chasten “has been known to take off into the mountains before.”
“Deputies with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office are concerned for the well-being of the mother and the safety of the children,” the statement said. “Law enforcement is urgently asking for the communities support to quickly locate these children and their mother.”
Eagle County enlisted multiple agencies and a helicopter to search for Chasten and kids.
“The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the community, Classic Air Medical, Western Eagle County Search and Rescue, Vail Mountain Search and Rescue, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, The High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site, Basalt Police Department, Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District, Rifle Police Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Glenwood Springs Police Department, Vail Public Safety Communications Center, and the Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center for their assistance in the search and safe return of the four missing parties,” the department said in a statement.
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