UPDATE: Missing Genoa City children found safe

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

GENOA CITY—The two girls reported missing Tuesday have been found safe in Kansas, Genoa City police said Wednesday morning.

“Both children have been found safe in Kansas,” an alert from the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network reads.

Mission, Kansas, police reported finding an "incoherent male subject with no shoes on wandering in the area," at about 3:58 a.m. Wednesday, according to a Genoa City police news release. The man was identified after about 45 minutes as Scott Hogel, the boyfriend of the two girls' mother, Tiffany Brick.

Hogel, 51, of McHenry, Illinois, eventually led police to a nearby hotel in Overland Park, Kansas, where Brick and her two daughters were located, according to the release.

The girls were taken into protective custody and were awaiting transport back to Wisconsin, according to the release posted on the department's Facebook page Wednesday morning.

Police issued an appeal Tuesday, asking the public's help in finding Jenna and Katie Brick, ages 6 and 8 respectively, and their mother.

The children's grandparents reported them missing at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

If Tiffany Brick took the children, that would violate her agreement with Walworth County Child Protective Services, Genoa City Police Chief Joseph Balog said Tuesday.

The agreement forbids Brick from being alone with the children. She is permitted to see them only under supervision of the children's grandparents, Balog said.

The children were at the grandparents' home when they were discovered missing, police said.

"(The) two children will soon be returned, safe and healthy to our community," the release states.

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