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Amber Alert canceled after mother, daughter spotted in Cheney

UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019, 7:55 p.m.

Police in Nampa, Idaho, issued and quickly canceled an Amber Alert on Wednesday, March 30, 2019, saying Brooke A. Helmandollar and her 10-year-old daughter had been found in Cheney. (Idaho State Patrol)
Police in Nampa, Idaho, issued and quickly canceled an Amber Alert on Wednesday, March 30, 2019, saying Brooke A. Helmandollar and her 10-year-old daughter had been found in Cheney. (Idaho State Patrol)

Police in Nampa, Idaho, issued and quickly canceled an Amber Alert on Wednesday, saying a woman and her 10-year-old daughter had been found in Cheney.

The girl, who was initially considered endangered, was found unharmed, police said.

The text alert pinged cellphones about 4 p.m. The Idaho State Police said authorities were searching for Brooke A. Helmandollar, 41, and her daughter, who were last seen Tuesday afternoon at a Nampa hotel.

The ISP said the girl might have been in danger because of her mother’s “recent threatening behavior.” The Amber Alert urged people to be on the lookout for a rented silver Nissan Sentra, possibly traveling toward Portland or Kootenai County.

The alert was canceled shortly before 5 p.m. Nampa police Sgt. Tim Riha said someone had called authorities after seeing the Helmandollars at a restaurant in Cheney.

They were reportedly spotted earlier Wednesday in Hermiston, Oregon. Riha said an investigation was ongoing. It wasn’t immediately clear what, if any, charges Brooke Helmandollar would face.

Cheney police received information at 3:24 p.m. from a concerned citizen who reported she saw a vehicle matching the description from the Amber Alert, according to police Capt. Richard Beghtol. Police found the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.

“The female driver of the vehicle was given the assistance she needed and the 10-year-old child was taken into protective custody pending her return to her home in Nampa, Idaho,” Beghtol wrote in a news release.

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