By Sara Fili

Bellevue police said officers found two children dead inside a home Sunday.

Three-year-old Theodore Price and 5-year-old Emily Price were found dead at a home in the 2700 block of Alberta Avenue.

BPD said the children’s mother called and asked for a welfare check after not hearing from them for several days. Investigators said the mother lives in Illinois and splits custody of the children. The mother said it was the kids week with their father, but not hearing from them raised red flags.

Bellevue Police investigating after two children found dead

“She said she hadn’t heard from them in a couple days and she’s required to by court order and so officers responded here they had no contact at the door,” said BPD Capt. Andy Jashinske.

Police were first called just before 10 p.m. Saturday. They were then called again 9 a.m. Sunday morning, both by the children’s mother.

A police report states: “Officers investigated during both calls for service but did not observe exigent circumstances that would allow them to force entry into the home.”

On Sunday morning, at approximately 11:03 a.m., Bellevue Police and Fire Departments were dispatched back to the home, due to the children being found dead.

BPD said friends of the children’s mother got into the home and found them.

“We’re investigating as a suspicious death because there is no logical explanation for this that we can see right now so we’re trying to determine what happened here,” Jashinske said.

Police said they could not find the children’s father, 34 year old Adam Price and launched a search for his vehicle.

Bellevue police say Price was caught in Pacifica, California near San Francisco.

Emily and Theodore Price with their mother, Mary Nielsen. Bellevue police on Sunday were investigating the deaths of the two children. They were staying with their father.

“We have two young children a 3 and 5 year old who are no longer with us and this is a very sad circumstance,” Jashinske said.

The children’s mother says her kids were sweethearts and did not deserve what happened to them.

Neighbors in the area say they didn’t know the family well, but the kids were often seen in front of the house or playing with other children in the area.

“I would see them out almost every day playing with their trucks and everything. I saw them Wednesday out there playing and after Wednesday I never saw them. Never gave it a second thought that something was wrong with them,” neighbor Patricia Otey tells 6 News.

Neighbors also say they thought it was suspicious that Price had put the trash out on a Thursday, when the trash in their neighborhood isn’t collected until Monday.

The investigation is ongoing. On top of the 911 detail, police ask that anyone with information call the Bellevue Police Department at (402) 593-4111 or Sarpy County Crimestoppers at (402) 592-STOP.

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