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'Missing' Jacko mum is safe with relatives

KATHERINE Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson and the guardian of the pop legend's three children, is safe in Arizona with family members after she was reported missing.

Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy Mark Pope said investigators made contact with Mrs Jackson, but he did not have specifics on her whereabouts. The agency previously said it believed she was with a relative and safe, but wanted to speak with her.

Mrs Jackson (82) was with her daughter Rebbie in Arizona, following a doctor's orders to "de-stress" and stay away from the phone and computers, her son Jermaine said in a statement. He said access to his mother was not being blocked.

A member of the Jackson family had reported the family matriarch missing on Saturday, prompting a frantic plea from the late pop star's only daughter to help locate her grandmother.



Caring

"I haven't spoken with her in a week. I want her home now," 14-year-old Paris Jackson tweeted, later providing a number for people to contact in case they see her grandmother.

Mrs Jackson has been caring for Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket Jackson since their father's death in June 2009.

It was unclear who is taking care of the children in her absence.

The incident demonstrated divisions in the Jackson family just days after five of the singer's siblings once again claimed that the King Of Pop's will was a fake and that the executors of his estate should step down.

The estate has denied the accusations, which have swirled since Michael Jackson died.

Katherine Jackson obtained permission from a judge to investigate the will's validity, but has never pursued the matter in court.

"It dismays me that such an alarmist 'missing person' report has caused unnecessary anxiety among Michael's children," Jermaine Jackson wrote.

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