Search for Missing Family Resumes Tuesday

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By Monique Williams

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) -- Officials trying to locate a Midlands father and two children say they will resume their search Tuesday morning.

After combing through some 9,000 of the 27,000 acres of Congaree National Park, local, state and federal agents and volunteers have called off the search for the night and will resume in the morning.

ABC Columbia News spoke with the mother of the two children,
10-year-old Dakota, and 6-year-old Jade Kimbler, who are reportedly lost in the woods with their father, 43-year-old Jerry Kimbler.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources tell us they began searching for family around midnight Saturday. More than 70 staff, professional and volunteer, workers have been involved in search efforts.

Officials point to weather conditions and other factors being hindrances to the search. Meanwhile, Tammy Ballard, mother of the children frantcially told us she wants to know where her children are. Six-year-old Jade, she says, suffers from asthma and requires nightly breathing treatments. A cousin of the father, Maybee Harris, says the family worries more and more as the hours go by and there is no sign of Kimbler and his children.

"They have no food. They have no water. They have no medicine. Nothing."

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