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12:23 PM, Oct 25, 2012   |    comments
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Tameki Ellerbee and her three children.
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  • ATLANTA -- UPDATE 10/25 The children's grandfather called 11Alive and says the mom and children were found in a motel on Cleveland Avenue.  He says DFACS is now handling the case.

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    David Dabney hasn't heard from his daughter for three days. That wouldn't normally bother him, but he also hasn't heard from her three children. "The kids are not in school," Dabney said. "That's something she's never done."

    Dabney said his daughter Tameki Ellerbee, 34, has had problems with drugs in the past and disappeared over the last summer for several days. But he said she always called and she never took the kids with her.

    Now Atlanta Police are asking for help trying to locate Ellerbee and her three children, 12-year-old Myron, 8-year-old Beyla, and 3-year-old Aniyah. "Wherever she's at, I don't believe she's with people that care enough for her because if they care about her, they would make sure those kids were in school and she would come back home where she needs to be," the children's grandfather said.

    Ellerbee lives on Moreland Avenue with her younger sister. Dabney said every day he picks up the two older children and drives them to and from school. He checked Price Middle School, which Myron attends, and school officials told him his grandson has not been in school the past two days. Thomasville Heights Elementary School officials also told him his granddaughter Beyla hasn't been in school.

    "The kids have never missed school like this before; this is the first time," Dabney said. "That's why it's so serious."

    The children's grandmother said her daughter is a good person who makes mistakes. "I just want my babies to come home and for them to be alright," she said.

    Both grandparents have spent the past three days calling Ellerbee's cell phone, but it goes straight to her voicemail. David Dabney said he got through to someone the first night he called, but it was a man who told him his daughter sold the phone.

    Atlanta Police are asking anyone who knows where the family is to call their Adult Missing Persons Unit at 404-546-4235 or 911. You can also call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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