After Katherine's nephew Trent reported that the 82-year-old matriarch went missing late Saturday night, saying she had not been heard from in a week, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department tells E! News that investigators were able to locate her, and that she is safe with family.
Investigators also tell us that they are continuing to gather information and communicate with family members.
Jermaine Jackson took to Twitter to elaborate that his mother was not missing at all, by saying, "Let me put to bed today's nonsense: as I made clear some days ago, Mother is safe and well in Arizona with her daughter and our sister, Rebbie, resting up on doctor's advice, so it is beyond me how she can be reported 'missing.'
"This incredulous claim was made for reasons best known to the adult/s who filed it but it seems no accident that it comes after we, the sons and daughters, put in place care-taking for our own mother, taking her to Arizona in line with doctor's advice following a check-up."
"Furthermore, it dismays me that such an alarmist 'missing person' report has caused unnecessary anxiety among Michael's children who will understandably react to what they misunderstand, hear or are told.
"No-one is being 'blocked' from speaking with Mother. She is merely an 82-year-old woman following doctor's orders to rest-up and de-stress, away from phones and computers. Everyone has been well aware of this within the family, but I would like to reiterate my reassurance to the outside world that Mother is fine. In the meantime, thank you for all your thoughts and concerns."
We (along with some other family members, we're sure) are just glad to hear that Katherine is safe and sound.
—Reporting by Holly Passalaqua
(Originally published July 22, 2012, at 9:40 p.m. PT)