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Fire Destroys Home Of Mason Boys Reported Missing Earlier This Week
Reported by: Kallie Cart
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Kallie Cart
Also Contributing: Kallie Cart, Bethany Simmons, Bob Aaron
Reported: Mar. 13, 2012 5:29 AM EDT
Updated: Mar. 16, 2012 10:37 AM EDT
Glenwood , Mason County , West Virginia
Fire destroys the same Mason County home that two brothers were reportedly missing from earlier this week.
It happened early Friday morning. We're told the fire is considered to be suspicious.
Firefighters say just one wall of the trailer was left standing when they arrived. We're told the residence did still have electricity hooked up, but no word on an exact cause yet. The State Fire Marshal has been called into investigate.
Deputies executed a search warrant for that home later this week and also found meth. The home had been sealed off.
We're learning more about the circumstances that may have lead two brothers from Mason County to run away from home, launching a massive search effort for their safe return on Tuesday.
The boys, ages 9 and 15, were found Tuesday after missing for about 18 hours. After they were located, Mason County Sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant on their home based on things they observed during the search for the brothers.
The sheriff says meth making materials were found inside the house. The home has been sealed off. Daniel Tucker and Jeremiah Austin told police they had been planning to run away because of problems at home.
CPS had been involved with the boys before and has stepped in again. The children are now in the care of an aunt. The state is seeking custody of the brothers. Their mom, Megan Hammack, is not facing any charges yet.
Two young brothers who went missing in Mason County Monday evening have been found safe. Police say they ran away and even though they've been located, the boys won't be returning home.
15-year-old Daniel Tucker and his little brother, 9-year-old Jeremiah Austin went missing from their home in Glenwood around 6:30 Monday evening.
Search teams spread out in Mason county to try and find them. About 18 hours after their disappearance, the boys were found. They say they were cold, tired, wet and scared, but safe.
"It's just amazing they were found and safe, we want to thank everybody who searched for them," family friend Anthony McGuire says.
The brothers got lost and spent the night in the woods, before stumbling upon a house a few ridges behind theirs Tuesday morning. But police say their disappearance was no accident, instead they ran away.
"They were planning to do this, and I'm not sure what happened last night that made them decided, tonight is the night," Mason County Sheriff Mike Roach says.
Police say the boys were having problems at home and CPS had been involved with the children before. CPS is now determining where the boys will go because they're not being allowed to return home.
"No one wants to turn a juvenile back into a place where it may be a place where they shouldn't be. That's what we're going to look at," Sheriff Roach says.
"Ever since she came up here she just had it tough," the boys' Great Aunt Rose Ashworth says about the boys' mother. "She just got her GED and she was doing really good and we thought she was on the right track, the boys were getting settled."
The brothers met with CPS workers for several hours after they were found. The sheriff says they will either be placed in foster care or possibly with a family member.
The two boys who ran away tell Eyewitness News they did so because of problems at home and had been planning to do so for a while. They are now in the care of CPS.
We're told Daniel Tucker and Jeremiah Austin spent night in woods and got turned around and came upon a house a few ridges behind their home and that's where they searchers found them Tuesday.
The boys' mother reported them missing late Monday evening. They were last seen in the backyard of their home in the Glenwood area of Mason county.
Two Mason County brothers have been found safe Tuesday afternoon after disappearing from their backyard Monday.
We're told Daniel Tucker and Jeremiah Austin were found safe, but wet and cold, near their home. FBI agents also assisted in the search for the two boys Tuesday.
Right now Eyewitness News reporter Kallie Cart is waiting to talk with them about their disappearance. Tune into Eyewitness News at 6 for the latest developments.
Two brothers disappeared after playing in their own backyard Monday evening.
Dispatchers tell us that Daniel Tucker and Jeremiah Austin had gone into their backyard on Old River Road in Glenwood to play in a treehouse around 6.
When their mother went to get them, she couldn't find them.
Mason County Sheriff's got the call about their disappearance around 8.
The Valley Fire Department and Ohio River Volunteer Fire Department are still out on the scene searching for the two boys.
Dispatchers tell us that one of the boys hasn't had his medication.
They describe 15 year old Daniel as 5'3", 105 - 110 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a tan hooded sweatshirt with black markings, blue jeans and black boots.
Nine year old Jeremiah is 4'3", 60 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red long sleeve shirt with a grey dragon on the left sleeve, blue jeans and black boots.
If you have any information on their whereabouts, please call the Mason 9-1-1 at (304)675-9911
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