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Jacko's mum 'unaware I was missing'
The mystery of Katherine Jackson's disappearance has been resolved with the release of court papers that said she was kept from communicating with outsiders while at a resort and was unaware she had been reported missing.
The 82-year-old mother of Michael Jackson - guardian of her late son's children - declared in the documents that she learned she was the subject of a search when she accidentally heard a TV report.
Before that, she said she was kept virtually incommunicado without access to a phone or her iPad. She said her stay at the Tucson, Arizona, resort was unplanned, and she went there after she was told her doctor had ordered her to rest.
Before that she had been planning a cross-country trip to see her sons perform in concerts.
"While there was a telephone in my room, the telephone was not functioning and I could not dial out," she said in the documents. "In addition, there was no picture on the television in my room."
She told of asking repeatedly to have the TV fixed. "One morning I woke up to the sound of the television," she said. "While there was no picture, I heard a broadcast that stated I was missing."
Her declaration was attached to papers filed in a request to be reinstated as guardian of Michael's children, Prince, 15, Paris, 14 and Blanket, 10. A judge granted the request and temporarily named her nephew, TJ Jackson, as co-guardian.
Superior Court judge Mitchell Beckloff said during a hearing after Mrs Jackson resurfaced that an investigator who looked into the children's care found that the late pop star's mother was an excellent guardian and the children loved her very much.
"I think the kids are in terrific hands," the judge said. "It appears from the report that Katherine Jackson has done a wonderful job and cares about the children very much."