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MISSING: Jennifer Bruce and her children last seen on January 10; husband Garrett Bruce wanted in Pinellas County

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New Port Richey, Florida -- The Pasco Sheriff's Office is asking for the public for help in finding a missing New Port Richey mother and her two children.

Deputies say between 4 p.m. on January 10 and 1:45 p.m. on January 12, Jennifer Bruce ended all contact with her close friends and family, but she spoke to her father in South Florida shortly after the family vanished.

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"She was very vague in what she said, just that that she was safe," said Det. Charles Moyer with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Bruce also removed her children from Long Leaf Elementary on January 10.

Investigators who went to make contact with the family discovered Jennifer, her two sons, Brett and Dillon, and her husband, Garrett Bruce, were nowhere to be found. The family's only vehicle was still parked at their home.

Deputies say an initial inspection inside the home in the 4200 block of La Pasida in New Port Richey showed no signs of foul play, or evidence that the family had gathered their belongings for a planned relocation.

Prior to their disappearance, Garrett Bruce was facing criminal charges in Pinellas County for DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide. Garrett was out on bond and was being supervised by the bondsman via an ankle bracelet, which he removed.

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"It hurts real badly. We need justice," said Patricia Walker. "I wanted that guy to go to prison."

Her son, Patrick Vosbien, was riding in a car with Bruce back in 2011 when it lost control and slammed into a light pole. Investigators say Bruce was drunk and speeding at the time of the crash.

Garrett did not show up for a bond hearing on January 27.

Jennifer's father says he received a call from his daughter on Saturday to say she and her kids were fine. However, Jennifer refused to tell him where the family was.

Pasco deputies ask that if you make contact with any members of this family, please contact local law enforcement for a welfare check.

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