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Officers arrest California kidnapping suspects in southern Utah

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Body camera footage of Utah Highway Patrol troopers rescuing two California children from their alleged kidnapper in southern Utah was released Tuesday. (Photo: Screengrab from body camera footage released by UHP)

Body camera footage of law enforcement officers rescuing two California children from their alleged kidnapper in southern Utah was released Tuesday.

Eight-month-old Emma and 20-month-old Darla Yonko of Riverside, California were taken from their home on July 30. Authorities believe Joshua Adle and Frank Marks were responsible, according to a press release.

The next day, FBI agents in Los Angeles and the Riverside Resident Agency--Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force asked State Highway Patrol troopers to be on the lookout for the suspected vehicle: a 1982 blue Cadillac with a white top.

One of the suspect's phone pinged near Salina, Utah on August 1 at approximately 6:14 p.m.

Troopers and dispatchers concluded that the suspects were headed westbound on Interstate 70, a press release stated. All available troopers and deputies were dispatched to the area and a search ensued. Nearly two hours later, authorities received word that the suspects could be in a 2015 black Chevy Tahoe, or the 1982 as previously thought.

At approximately 7:10 p.m. Trooper Adam Gibbs was stationed near Parowan when he saw a white Dodge Caravan driven by a man who looked like Marks. He pulled alongside the minivan and saw Adle in the middle left seat.

Gibbs called for back-up, but had to initiate a traffic stop by himself in fear the men would pose a threat to people at a nearby gas station, a press release stated.

An officer with the Parowan Police Department, a second state trooper and the deputy with the Iron County Sheriff's Office arrived shortly after and helped with the arrests.

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