Katherine Jackson Has Yet to Contact Grandchildren
Some members of the Jackson family are still crying foul when it comes to Katherine Jackson's recent extended absence.
On Saturday, her nephew Trent filed a missing persons report, saying that her grandchildren Prince, Paris and Blanket, had been unable to reach her for an entire week.
At the request of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, an Arizona law enforcement official tracked the 82-year-old down, X17 reported Monday.
"When I got there, Katherine Jackson and her family were at the dinner table and had just finished a game of Uno. In fact, their dinner plates were still in front of them. She seemed like she was having a good time. She was happy, safe and healthy," the law enforcement official tells X17. "Basically, Mrs. Jackson was vacationing with her family here in Arizona."
Katherine's son, Jermaine Jackson, 57, also issued a statement via Twitter confirming his mother's safety. "[She] is safe and well in Arizona with her daughter and our sister, Rebbie, resting up on doctor's advice, so it is beyond me how she can be reported 'missing,'" he wrote July 22. "This incredulous claim was made for reasons best known to the adult/s who filed it but it seems no accident that it comes after we, the sons and daughters, put in place care -- taking for our own mother, taking her to Arizona in line with doctor's advice following a check-up."
"Furthermore, it dismays me that such an alarmist 'missing person' report has caused unnecessary anxiety among Michael's children who will understandably react to what they misunderstand, hear or are told," he added.
More than one week after traveling from California to the Southwest, a source tells Us Weekly Jackson still hasn't spoken to her grandchildren, of whom she has full custody -- and the three kids are beside themselves.
Paris, in particular, "is a wreck and wants her grandma back immediately," the insider says, adding that, despite the Arizona police officer's report that the family has nothing to worry about, "the kids are . . . being told she is still too stressed to reach out."
"It is a war between family members," the source concludes. "Paris is broken-hearted about what is happening and has begged the family to call a truce to allow her grandma back. Katherine has been a rock to her since Michael's death and the impact of this is huge."
Certain members of the family find it suspicious, the insider says, that Katherine would be in need of any sort of doctor-ordered vacation when she was very recently given a clean bill of health.
14-year-old Paris, for her part, has been weighing in on the situation via Twitter.
"Yes, my grandmother is missing," the teen wrote early Sunday morning. "I haven't spoken to her in a week [and] I want her home now."
What's more, "The same doctor that testified on behalf of Dr. Murray saying my father was a drug addict (lie) is caring for my grandmother," she tweeted later that day. "Just saying." (The family insider echoes Paris' concerns: "To make matters worse, it turns out the doctor in Arizona caring for Katherine has ties to Conrad Murray.")
"This is not just about Katherine anymore," the source explains. "This has huge implications for the children and the billions of dollars they are due to inherit in the next 30 years. While the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department says investigators were able to locate her, and feel she is safe with family, Trent has urged cops to investigate the case further and fly to Arizona."
This latest family drama comes just a few days after two of Katherine's daughters, Rebbie and Janet, as well as three of her sons, Jermaine, Randy, and Tito, penned a letter (made public last Wednesday), criticizing the executors of the late Michael's will, claiming they have been taking advantage of their elderly mother and defrauding his siblings of what is rightfully theirs.