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HARVEY, La. -- The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office has located three brothers -- ages 16, 14 and 9 -- who were reported missing Wednesday.

The sheriff's office confirmed that boys had been found around 11 a.m. Thursday.

The mother of the Whittaker boys -- Raynell, 16, Louin, 14, Jwuan, 9 -- had left the kids in the custody of a family friend at an apartment in the 1100 block of Tensas Drive in Harvey. Wednesday afternoon, the woman who was looking after the boys called 911 after they went missing, according to the sheriff's office.

Runaway Missing Persons detectives searched for the boys late into the evening hours of Wednesday and into early Thursday morning, before, according to the sheriff's office, exhausting all leads.

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