Missing Washington state family found alive

Four members of a Washington state family missing since Tuesday have been found walking near a store in Mason County, about 55 miles southwest of Seattle.

The sheriff’s office in neighboring Grays Harbor County, where the family lives, said Thursday morning that it didn’t immediately have details of the family’s condition, beyond that they’re alive. Deputies were on their way to the meet them.

Steve Shumate, chief criminal deputy with the sheriff’s office says Jason and Melissa McAlister and two of their children, ages 8 months and 2 years, appear to have left home to take a drive Tuesday while their older two children were at school. They didn’t return as expected Tuesday afternoon to meet the older children at the bus stop.

They were found near a general store in Matlock, Washington.

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