KINGMAN, Ariz. - Kingman police say a family of three who went missing in mid-September after leaving on a camping trip has been found safe in New Mexico.
The family is "living where they want to be," authorities said on Oct. 4.
Loved ones say the family was last seen as they were headed to Bullhead City to go camping. Police say married couple Erika Irene Allison and Joshua Robert Martinez left on Sept. 11 with their son, Psymon Kelly, to camp at Katherine Landing for seven to 10 days.
The family also had two dogs with them. One is described as a black-and-white female chihuahua mix and a large tan male dog.
They were reportedly driving a grey 2005 Toyota Corolla sedan with Arizona wheelchair plate GAC93.
Loved ones called park rangers after they did not return after 14 days, and authorities were unable to find the missing family or their vehicle at Katherine Landing.
Police say the family left without taking their cellphones or Martinez's medication.
Joshua Martinez and Erika Allison (Kingman Police)
Joshua Martinez, Erika Allison and Psymon Kelly (Kingman Police)
Family pleads for help finding the family of three
"I want eyes out there looking for them. I want my kids back," says Ida Martinez, Joshua's mother, who adds that her son was excited about the trip, telling her he would return in a week, just before his birthday.
"They knew they needed to be back before a certain time because I had a doctor's appointment and when they didn't show up before that, I started worrying," she said.
Ida assumed they extended their trip, but days went by and they didn't come back.
Kingman police and park rangers are searching for the family with no sight of them as of Oct. 2. They're asking the community to keep their eyes open for the trio.
" … It's like, no news is good news, but at the same time, no news is scary. It's hard and it's the not knowing where they are or when or if they'll come back," Ida said.
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