WARWICK, R.I. — More than 30 years after two young girls were reported missing, investigators say they’ve been found alive and their mother has been arrested.

Rhode Island State Police announced Tuesday morning that the girls, who disappeared in 1985, had been found and Elaine Yates, their mother, had been arrested for their abduction.

Yates is accused of abducting Kimberly and Kelly from Warwick, Rhode Island, on Aug. 26, 1985. She did not have custody of the girls at the time.

A warrant was issued for Yates’ arrest in 1988, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Kimberly was 4 years old at the time of her disappearance and is now 35. Kelly was 10 months old and is now 32, according to WPRI.


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