Video: Kidnapped siblings found after 20 years

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updated 2/5/2009 2:20:30 PM ET 2009-02-05T19:20:30

Authorities in Northern California say they have solved a two-decade-old kidnapping and have located the two children, reports said Thursday. Their grandfather was in custody.

Police in San Jose, Calif., say Christie and Bobby Baskin, who are both now in their 20s, were found Monday with their grandfather, Marvin Maple, NBC affiliate KCRA-Sacramento reported.

"All of us have almost had the feeling, is this really true, because we have been waiting so long," Stan Baskin, uncle of the now-grown children, told The Tennessean newspaper. "It is hard to believe it finally happened."

The 73-year-old Maple allegedly took the kids from their Tennessee home in 1989 after claiming his daughter and son-in-law were abusing them, KCRA said.

In San Jose, Maple's friends and neighbors told KCRA they were surprised to learn that he had been arrested.

"The whole story is shocking … it's so unlike the guy … I had breakfast and dinner very often," friend Carl Avery told KCRA.

Maple will be extradited to Tennessee, reports said.

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