Missing Aurora Woman, Kids Found in Florida

Laureth M. “Laurie” May and one of her former students were pulled over Tuesday morning for a traffic stop in St. Lucie

By Lisa Balde
|  Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012  |  Updated 11:52 AM CDT
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Missing Aurora Woman, Kids Found in Florida

Police said Laureth M. "Laurie" May left Aurora with her three young children and traveled to Cicero, where she met with a former student.

An Aurora woman and her three sons, last seen in February, were found safe in Florida, Cicero police said Tuesday. 

Laureth M. “Laurie” May and one of her former students, Destiny Gruba, 17, were pulled over Tuesday morning for a traffic stop in St. Lucie, Fla. Cicero Police said Florida officers identified Gruba from information provided by local detectives, and both women were taken into custody.

The women and three boys -- Quincy Collins, 4; Oliver Collins, 2, and Spencer Collins, 1 -- are believed to be in good health, said Cicero Police Chief Bernard Harrison. They will be brought back to Cicero.

Police said May, a former LaGrange Highlands teacher, left her Aurora home with her children last month and traveled to Cicero, where she met with Gruba, who was reported missing by relatives on Feb. 16.

Early in the investigation, police believed May and the children were traveling in a 2001 Volvo station wagon with an Illinois license plate and a pink cancer ribbon affixed to the rear of the vehicle.

Last week, the grandmother of the three boys offered a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the family's safe return.

Tara Selman of Geneva told local reporters she hopes the reward will generate new interest in a case that apparently hasn't produced a lot of leads.

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