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Jackson matriarch safe, say police

Michael Jackson's mother is safe in Arizona with family members after she was reported missing, police said.

The news came after another concerned family member officially reported Katherine Jackson - guardian of the late King of Pop's three children - missing.

A person familiar with Mrs Jackson's whereabouts said she is with her daughter Rebbie in Arizona and following a doctor's orders to rest.

The Jackson family matriarch was reported missing on Saturday night. Sheriff's officials later said they believed the 82-year-old was in Arizona with a relative, but that they were still trying to establish contact with her.

Mrs Jackson's granddaughter Paris issued a frantic plea on Twitter on Sunday. "I haven't spoken with her in a week I want her home now," she posted.

Mrs Jackson also had not been in contact with her lawyers, who worked on Sunday to learn more information about her whereabouts and why she had suddenly become incommunicado.

"First of all, let's hope that this is all just a big misunderstanding and a totally benign situation," her lawyer Perry Sanders said. "Assuming that she did actually leave on doctor's orders, no matter which doctor, it has certainly created an absolutely irregular situation whereby she has been out of contact with her grandchildren."

The mystery of Mrs Jackson's whereabouts was compounded by a recent visit from her son's former physician, Dr Allan Metzger, who examined her on July 14 after being brought to her home in Calabasas by someone close to the family, said Sandy Ribera, who is also a lawyer for Mrs Jackson.

The visit came one day before Mrs Jackson was due to depart on a recreational vehicle trip to the south west to watch her sons perform at concerts. But she never made any of the shows and Dr Metzger apparently told her not to take the trip, Ms Ribera said.

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