CRESTWOOD, Ill. (CBS) — The search is expanding for three young children from Crestwood who could be in danger.

As CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports, Madison Owens, 11, and her twin sisters, Nicole and Kristin, both 9, have not been seen since Sunday. They are believed to be with their mother, Stephanie Owens, 42, but police do not know where they are headed.

Crestwood police and state authorities are expressing genuine concern for the safety of the family.

On Easter Sunday, Owens – described as distraught and depressed – had dinner with a relative, and then drove off with her three daughters.

Owens left behind a hospital job in Oak Lawn, and last used her credit card in downstate Streator and Canton on Wednesday.

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“We’re concerned for the mother and her children,” said Crestwood police Chief Theresa Neubauer. “We’re looking at anything that we can get our hands on, but we keep coming up to the same wall.”

The Owenses are believed to be in a tan 1996 Lexus four-door sedan, with the Illinois license plate L32 1854.

Stephanie Owens is 5’4″, weighs 230 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. Madison Owens is also 5’4″ tall, weighs 150 and has brown hair and brown eyes. Nicole and Kristin Owens are both 4 feet tall and weigh 90 pounds. They have blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who has seen missing members of the Owens family since Easter, or have heard from them, are asked to call police or the Illinois Clearinghouse for Missing Persons.

The Clearinghouse phone number is (800) 843-5763. Crestwood Police can be reached at (708) 385-5131.

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