July 22, 2012


Michael Jackson's Mom Reported Missing by Nephew

Kevin Winter
Kevin Winter

Update: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Katherine Jackson is safe and with her daughter Rebbie in Arizona.

The strange story of the Jackson family keeps getting weirder, with factions squabbling over the location and safety of Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine. Late Saturday night, the Jackson matriarch was reported missing to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department by her nephew Trent. 

And on Sunday morning, Paris Jackson, Michael's 14-year-old daughter, sent out frantic tweets asking for help in finding her grandmother.

yes , my grandmother is missing . i haven't spoken with her in a week i want her home now .
Jul 22 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

if anybody sees my grandmother , please call the authorities or this number— (818)-876-0186 it's the security number .. thank you so much
Jul 22 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

But police have confirmed that Katherine isn't missing. She's just with different family members. 

Here's a week's worth of behind-the-scenes backstory: Katherine's lawyer Sandra Ribera tells CNN that the matriarch attended a Jacksons concert last Tuesday, July 17. Afterwards, when Paris called her two aunts, including Janet, she was told each time she could not speak to Katherine. That has one side of the family worried, because Paris usually speaks with Katherine daily.

"The kids were trying to get a hold of their grandmother and they haven't been able to reach her for almost a week," Ribera said. "They are told she's unavailable. I'm concerned that she's not safe."

Meanwhile, the other side of the family claims that Katherine is recuperating in Arizona after having a mini-stroke. Quoth Jermaine Jackson:

I want to reassure everyone (inc all sudden medical experts) that Mother is fine but is resting up in AZ on the orders of a doctor, not us
Jul 20 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

This is our mother and her health is paramount. We are not inventing or plotting anything. We are following doctor's advice. Period.
Jul 20 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

This has been one of the strangest stretches for the Jackson family since Michael's death in 2009. Earlier this week, members of the King of Pop's family questioned the authenticity of MJ's will. On Wednesday, five of Katherine's children, including Janet, accused Katherine's handlers of "mistreating" and "misadvising" her.

And it continues this weekend with one final accusation from Paris.

the same doctor that testified on behalf of dr murray saying my father was a drug addict (a lie) is caring for my grandmother... just saying
Jul 22 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

Lately, the Jacksons have been just saying a lot of things. We'll keep tracking the story as it develops.