Tulsa Police searching for stolen vehicle, two young children


Tuesday, September 12th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


The search for two missing children continued late Tuesday night as Tulsa Police combed the city looking for a vehicle that was reported stolen with the two young children inside. As of 11:00 PM, police were still looking for a pink 1993 Geo Tracker with a black top and the Oklahoma license tag number AIM - 750. If you see this vehicle, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

The Geo Tracker was taken from the Albertson’s gas station located at 21st Street and Memorial Drive around 5:40 PM Tuesday. The children’s mother says she stopped to see her sister who is employed at the station, and to get the children a cold drink. She said the two babies, six -month old Demetri Collette and his 19-month-old sister Monique, were asleep in the back seat. She left her keys in the car while she went into the station for a minute. The mother said that's when she looked up and saw her truck leaving the parking lot. She also said she didn't see who got in the car, and drove off with her children.

Tulsa Police held news conferences throughout Tuesday evening to update the public on the search for the missing children as the "Amber Alert" went into effect. All radio and television stations went on the air to tell citizens to be on the lookout for the two children. The News on Six broadcast the children’s photographs as well as a photo of the stolen vehicle. As a result of the media attention, 9-1-1 received dozens of calls reporting possible sightings of the stolen vehicle.

In a press conference at 11:00 PM, Tuesday, Tulsa Police Chief Ron Palmer announced that the children and the vehicle were still missing. However, the children’s father, David Collette, was in police custody for outstanding Arkansas warrants. Palmer also said the story that the mother had told to police had many inconsistencies that police were trying to sort out.

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