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NEW ORLEANS– UPDATE: State Police confirm that Latina Marie Oates has been arrested in the New Orleans area and her two children are safe.

Local police are searching for a Mississippi woman wanted on first degree murder charges, and her two children.

Louisiana State Troopers have issued a Level II Endangered/Missing Child Advisory on behalf of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and Laurel Police Department. Detectives say that the two children have been taken by their mother and are believed to be in imminent danger. They were last seen on surveillance video leaving a Hampton Inn in Laurel, MS early Tuesday morning.

Latina Marie Oates

Latina Marie Oates, 33-year-old of Powell, OH, left with two of her children, 9-year-old Mark Anthony Oates and 6-year-old Justin Lamar Oates. Mark was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt with the large white letters ADIDAS on the front. Justin was last seen wearing a black jacket and possibly black pants or dark blue jeans.

Shortly after their departure from the hotel room, an arrest warrant was issued for Latina Marie Oates for the charge of First Degree Murder. Oates is believed to be in the New Orleans area with her two children.  She is driving a 2013 White Toyota Camry displaying an Ohio license plate # GGM 5978.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of any of these subjects should immediately contact the Jones County Central Dispatch at 601-425-0270 or Sgt. Michelle King with the Louisiana State Police at HQ Communications 225-925-6636.