By Oralia Ortega

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hialeah police are searching for a family that went missing on the day three children were supposed to be put in the Department of Children and Family’s custody.

DCF is worried about the welfare of 13-year-old Lester Pereira Jr., 11-year-old Roselyn Pereira and 3-year-old Briana Pereira.

The three children were supposed to be handed over to DCF after the department was granted custody on January 27th.

But when DCF went to the family’s Hialeah home at 2225 W 60th St. Apt 205, the entire family was gone.

DCF officials then filed a missing persons report with Hialeah police.

Neighbors had nothing but good things to say about the family.

“They seemed to be a normal family.  There was nothing strange going on,” said neighbor Marta Carvajal.

Police believe Lester Pereira Sr. and Rosa Martinez Diaz took the children to avoid separation. (Source: Hialeah Police)

Police believe Lester Pereira Sr. and Rosa Martinez Diaz took the children to avoid separation. (Source: Hialeah Police)

“I always thought things were good.  She didn’t mistreat the children.  Everything was fine,” said neighbor Yamilka Ramos.

Authorities believe the parents, Lester Pereira Sr. and Rosa Martinez Diaz, may have taken the children and are hiding to avoid the separation of the family.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the children is urged to immediately contact the Hialeah Police Department at (305) 687-2525.

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