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UPDATE: Father Identified in Sleeping Bear Dunes Disappearance

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Police say Daniel Elliott kept his children in the woods at Sleeping Bear Dunes for nearly a day.

Tonight, his children are reunited with their mother, while he is in jail.

The four were found safe last night in Glen Haven.

It all started Sunday morning when police say Elliott took off with his three children, after a physical fight with his wife.

After searching all day, a 40-person search team broke off into a grid pattern last night.

Deputies say a jogger saw the family earlier in the day, but Elliott moved his children to keep them hidden from the circling Coast Guard helicopters and people searching on the ground.

9&10's Vanessa Fayz and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson have continuing coverage.


9&10 News can now tell you the name of the father arrested after he and his three children went missing near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Emmet County Court tells us the man is 50-year-old Daniel G. Elliott, from Oakland County.

Police say Elliott, his son and two daughters were all found safe Monday night after a 12 hour search.

Elliott's BMW was found near the Coast Guard Maritime Heritage Museum in Glen Haven early Monday morning.

The Emmet County sheriff says Elliott's wife said she was forced out of the family vehicle, and that he drove off with the children. Shortly after, she filed a missing persons report saying she was concerned about her children's safety because of Elliott's mental state, but she did not think he would hurt them.

He was wanted on a domestic violence warrant for an incident Sunday night.

Police say the children told them they were on a camping trip, but they didn't have the supplies they needed. The children also said their father knew a helicopter was looking for them, so he had them hide so they could not be spotted from the air.

After a massive search, Elliott and his children were spotted on a hill on Dune Valley Road about a mile from their car. Investigators say they do not believe Elliott was ever a danger to others in the area, and that he believes he thought he needed to keep his children away from his wife.

The children are now with their mother. Elliott is scheduled for a bond hearing later today.

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