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Illinois family of four missing since February found 1,500 miles from home

The families of four people who went missing months ago have been traced, according to the Newton Illinois Police Department.

Stephen Lutz, 44, and Monica Lutz, 34, as well as their two sons, Nicholas, 9, and Aiden, 11, were last heard from on February 10.

According to surveillance footage, a family of four from Newton, Illinois, suddenly left their home in the middle of the night with a U-Haul attached to their blue, 2005 Ford F150.

For months, police had been trying to locate the Lutz family because they believed they were in danger.

but on April 17 the Newton Illinois police Posted A memo The Jasper County Daily News indicated that the family of four had been located and were safe.

“Stephen, Monica, Eden and Nicholas are located in Cochise County in Arizona,” the memo read.

Cochise County is approximately 1,500 miles from Newton, Illinois.

With the help of state police and a license plate reader, the family was traced and a deputy was able to make contact with Monica and Stephen separately.

“The deputy noted that the boys appeared healthy and that Monica told him where to find Stephen. Immediately following the deputy’s contact with Stephen, the deputy contacted Chief Britton,” the memo reads.

Stephen told the deputy that he had “relocated” with “no plans to return to Newton.”

Confirmed by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Independent That family has been found.

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