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UPDATE: This statement has been released on the Facebook page Support for the Sigler Sisters - Coming Back Home to America:

"I wish I could say that I have great news but unfortunately not much has changed. The girls and their grandmother are still nowhere to be found, the cell phones have been discounted, and there has been no activity at their apartment. We did find out that she has the help of a representative in Russia but he refuses to speak with Royce to get his side of the story. We are really in a waiting game right now and won't have a lot of new information until Monday or until the girls are found. Igor, our attorney, has been in contact with one of their neighbors and she said that Tanya would be ready to come the States in a heartbeat. That she has great memories of Royce and would love to come back. Needless to say this gives us even more motivation to do whatever needs to be done to bring them home. Please, please continue to pray that they are found safe and sound. Royce and Igor have spoke with many people who know the girls and the general consensus is that they girls are beautiful, happy, smart little girls and that the grandmother is mentally unstable...in all seriousness, that is what everyone has said. Thank you all for your continued prayers and support."

 


 

 

UPDATE: According to a social media page devoted to efforts for bringing the Sigler sisters back to the U.S., the girls and their grandmother are missing.'

On the Facebook page Support for the Sigler Sisters - Coming Back Home to America, a Sigler family member wrote about an hour ago:

"We were originally not going to update but the situation has changed and we need all the prayers we can get. The grandmother was suppose to meet with Royce at noon today and she did not show up. The police are now involved because the grandmother and the girls are nowhere to be found. Our biggest fear has become a reality. His girls have been taken for a second time. Please pray that the police find the grandmother and the girls safely and for the girls to finally be returned to Royce."

Royce Sigler's brother, Jerry Sigler, told CBS 19 on Tuesday that a social worker for the Russian government had warned the girls' grandmother that, if she disappeared with the children, she would be wanted for arrest.

Shortly after 8 a.m. this morning - 5 p.m. in Russia - the family member wrote: "It is a 9 hour difference from Oklahoma, 8 hours for me. We are not sure what all the girls know but the agency did tell him that they were able to ask hypothetically "What do you think of your dad coming to take you back to America?" and Tanya, the oldest, was very excited and said she had wonderful memories of her dad. Ksenya, the younger one, was more apprehensive. We are not sure if they know he is actually in Russia. I honestly fear for their safety at this point because the more people Royce talks, the more everyone believes the grandmother is not mentally stable. It's a very scary situation right now but we know it is in God's hands."

 


 

 

KILGORE/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - A Longview native is halfway around the world -- trying to save his children from a Russian orphanage.

Royce Sigler hasn't seen his daughters since their mother kidnapped them in 2008. CBS 19's Jimmy Isaac met with family members today and is in our Longview newsroom.

He has arrived there, but he has yet to see his daughters. When he stepped off the plane today, he got some good news and some bad news.

When Royce arrived in Moscow, the customs department handed him a temporary visa good for several weeks, but Royce has lost that document. He's trying right now to get a replacement.

"He can only stay in the country seven days without that piece of paper," Jerry Sigler said.

Jerry Sigler is Royce's brother. He took off work Tuesday -- too worried about whether he will see his nieces -- Tanya and Ksenya -- again.

"I can't describe the feelings that I've had," Jerry Sigler said.

Royce's ex-wife kidnapped the girls in May 2008 -- after a North Texas court awarded custody to Royce.

The ex-wife died May 18 -- and the girls are staying with their grandmother in Sochi, Russia  -- but could be sent to an orphanage since she can't take care of them.

The Sigler family worried the grandmother would hide the girls -- but the Russian government is trying to stop that.

"They did tell the grandmother that she would be arrested if she tried to kidnap the kids again," Jerry Sigler said.

At 2 p.m. central time -- Royce and his lawyer got on a train for the 9-hour ride to Sochi.

Jerry hopes the girls willingly return with their father to the U.S. -- but even if they do -- Royce has learned he needs Russian passports for Tanya and Ksenya.

He's trying to get those too.

"A Russian passport can take up to 60 days to get, so that's the kind of things he's worried about," Jerry Sigler said.

 
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