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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville father is asking for help finding his three missing children.
Bryson Thomas, 6, Candice Thomas, 8, Kaliee Thomas, 9, and their mother Angela were last seen Saturday morning.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Angela and the children may be in the company of Jerod Goodman in Knoxville or traveling to Nashville, Porter or Pearland, Texas or Montana.
Goodman has a criminal history of drug and assault charges in Montana and is currently wanted on a parole violation.
"My biggest concern is my children's safety and that they can be brought home as fast as possible," said their father Mark Thomas.
He said when he came back from work Saturday evening, his wife and his three children were gone.
"When I got home, my keys were underneath the mat and when I walked in, clothes were strewn everywhere. The house had been ransacked where she had just tried to snatch and grab and go," Thomas said.
He admits his marriage had been rocky recently and his wife has taken the kids without notice before.
"We've had our separated times here and there. It was a work in progress. We were trying to work on it, or at least I was," he said.
But this time, Thomas believes his wife is with her new boyfriend, Jerod Goodman, a convicted felon.
"If she wants to be with him and stay gone with him and run the roads, that's fine. She can do that. Just come back here and let's get the legal stuff out of the way and let me keep the kids stable where they're not running around and they can stay in school," Thomas said.
Until he finds his family, he said he will continue to feel empty inside.
"If my children are watching this, I'm trying to get you home," he said. "More than anything I love you guys and I hope you can see your daddy really soon."
Angela Thomas is thought to be driving a 1994 blue Ford Explorer with Texas tags and a Monster energy drink sticker in the back window.
Authorities said an Amber Alert was not issued in this case because both parents have legal custody and they don't believe the children are in imminent danger.