Mesa PD: Missing Mesa mom, baby found in California

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Madeline Frieda Jones, 19, and William Jones-Gouchenour. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Madeline Frieda Jones, 19, and William Jones-Gouchenour. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
William Jones-Gouchenour (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) William Jones-Gouchenour (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A 19-year-old Mesa woman and her baby were found Monday after they vanished more than three months ago.

Madeline Frieda Jones and William Jones-Gouchenour were found in California, and both are in "good condition," according to the Mesa Police Department.

William is in the custody of Child Protective Services and Jones is currently being detained, police said.

Jones and William were last seen in June.

[RELATED: Mesa PD: Mom and 8-month-old baby missing]

Jacob Gouchenour shared the announcement in a Facebook video on Monday and said William is safe.

"I'm trying to find a plane as fast as I can to get to San Diego and meet my little boy," said Gouchenour via Skype. 

He received the news through a phone call from Mesa Police Monday evening.

"Getting that call today is a huge relief and a huge weight has been lifted from my chest," said Gouchenour. 

Madeline's parents Roland and Cassandra Jones are still in jail after being arrested last week. Police believe the couple helped them disappear so Madeline could avoid co-parenting. 

[RELATED: Parents of missing 19-year-old and her baby arrested, Maricopa County considering charges]

"Today is a day of happiness and elation," said Attorney Billie Tarascio. 

Tarascio explains Jacob Gouchenour now has full custody of his son. He plans to return to Montana where family lives and bring William with him.

"There's not a lot of thinking about how awful these three months have been. It has been awful and unnecessary, and it could have been avoided. But today is about being grateful that this nightmare is finally over," said Tarascio.  

She says the "Missing: Bring Baby William and Madeline Jones Home" Facebook page coordinated by community member Destinee Mack helped encourage multiple witnesses to come forward who may not have otherwise. 

"I think this lady needed to be stopped and I think I was one of the tools to make it happen," said Mack. "I'm just so happy for him and I think this will all hit me when I see a picture of him holding that baby."

Gouchenour knows the reunion will be bittersweet. William will likely not recognize him. 

"I wish I could have been part of his life for the first year. I've missed many milestones like his first steps and perhaps his first words, and all these key milestones that I would have loved to have been a part of. But I'm going to make up for lost time and love him the best I can," said Gouchenour.

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She previously worked for KVOA in Tucson, covering topics that matter to Arizonans including the monsoon, wildfires and border issues. During the child migrant crisis of 2014, Reimer was one of only a handful of journalists given access to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility in Nogales, where hundreds of unaccompanied children were being held after crossing into the U.S. from Central America. Before that, Reimer worked at WREX in Rockford, IL. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and still visits home often. When not chasing news stories, Reimer loves to explore, enjoying everything from trying new adventurous foods to visiting state and national parks or local places of historical significance.

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