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 / Updated  / Source: NBC News

A kidnapped Georgia mother and her two children who police said were "in extreme danger" have been found safe, but the woman's estranged husband is still on the loose.

Sandy Springs, Georgia, police said the man, Audel Cabrera-Penaloza, forcibly took Victoria Flores-Medina and their daughters, Aureli, 5, and Nazli, 2, from their Sandy Springs apartment at about 6:30 a.m. ET.

The mother and girls were found unharmed hours later in Norcross, about 12 miles away from their home, Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose told NBC News.

"PD units are at a hotel in Norcross presently looking for the estranged husband," Rose said in an email.

Earlier, Sandy Springs police had posted to its Facebook page: "Both the mother and children are believed to be in extreme danger and Audel Cabrera-Penaloza is believed to be dangerous."

Sandy Springs is about 17 miles north of Atlanta.


— Elizabeth Chuck