Missing mother, 2 kids found 'safe and sound' out of state

  • Missing mother, 2 kids found 'safe and sound' out of state

Missing mother, 2 kids found 'safe and sound' out of state

A Virginia woman and her two young children have been found three days after they disappeared and their family home was burned to the ground following the single mother going on a blind date.

"Our daughter is missing and our 7-year-old grandson Kai and our 9-month-old granddaughter Oria", said Sheila Bogart, Lamping's mother. Police did not say when this occurred, although her former husband, Kevin Lamping, said he was told it was around 2 a.m. Sunday.

The Virginia Beach Fire Department is continuing to investigate the fire.

If you see Monica Lamping or have information on her whereabouts, call Virginia Beach Police Department Missing Persons Detective at 757-385-4101 or the Virginia Beach Police Emergency Communications at 757-385-5000. Police had previously said they were looking to identify that individual.

"I can't imagine she'd knowingly leave if she knew the pets were in danger", Kai's stepmother, Moira Lamping, told local news station WVEC.

She returned home at around 5 p.m. and collected her children, but left again soon afterward.

When she and her children were nowhere to be found, her family reported her as missing.

The military flew Kevin home from Florida after he learned that his son, Kai, never showed up for school on Monday. A cat and a dog died in the fire, but no one else was home.

"She didn't just drop off the map like that", Bogart said. She declined to say which one except that it borders Virginia.

The two friends texted throughout the night and Lamping sent her last message at 10.30pm. The cause of the fire was not deemed suspicious and is believed to have been started by a space heater that was left on.

Family members and friends have been distributing Monica's picture on social media in an attempt to locate her.

"We're just anxious about the kids", Moira Lamping told WVEC.

Lamping drives a green 2002 Jeep Cherokee with Virginia tags, and a license plate XPU-6357, police said. "Everyone is elated she was found safe".