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Missing girls found safe in Montana; father arrested

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Two girls reported missing from Florida this month were found safe Thursday morning in Montana, and their father was arrested, authorities said.

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The Citrus County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office reported that Edward Peters and the girls -- Madison, 11, and McKala, 6 -- were located in Montana early Thursday. Edward Peters was taken into custody and the girls were "reported to be doing well," the sheriff's office said. No further details were immediately available.

Peters had been suspected of stealing an SUV in Sanilac County, Mich. That SUV, and a man matching Peters' description, was suspected in a gas theft a Laurel, Mont., gas station Wednesday, the Billings Gazette reported.

There had been some indications that Edward Peters, who authorities said took the girls from their court-appointed guardian Sept. 8 in Inverness, Fla., may have been headed to northern Minnesota. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension put out an alert Saturday asking people in the state to be on the lookout for Peters and his daughters.

Peters had a warrant issued for his arrest and violated several court orders, the sheriff's office reported. He was on pretrial release and removed his GPS ankle monitor, officials said.

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