A district attorney says the bodies of five children missing from South Carolina have been found in rural Alabama. The children's father is in custody.

Wilcox County, Alabama, District Attorney Michael Jackson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the father is suspected of killing the five children in South Carolina and dumping the bodies in Alabama.

Jackson could not say for sure in what state the father was being held. He has not been identified.

He said all charges will be filed in South Carolina and the children's bodies will be taken back to that state.

Deputies say the man's ex-wife reported her children missing on Sept. 3 when she could not contact her ex-husband. She told investigators there were other times she hadn't been able to contact him and the children turned up safe.

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