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Katherine Jackson -- the mother of the late Michael Jackson and the caretaker of his children Paris, Prince and Blanket -- is safe after being reported missing over the weekend by her nephew. Police told the Today show Monday morning that they'd been in contact with Katherine, 82, and that she's currently in Arizona on a planned vacation with family members.
According to a police report filed on Saturday night by her nephew Trent, Katherine had not been seen in a week. Paris, 14, was among the family members who were worried about her whereabouts.
"Yes, my grandmother is missing. i haven't spoken with her in a week i want her home now," Michael's daughter tweeted early Sunday morning, along with a phone number to alert the authorities.
However, Katherine's son Jermaine Jackson announced that his mother was fine -- before the missing-persons report was even filed. Jermaine, who is currently touring with his brothers (formerly the Jackson Five), tweeted on Friday that Katherine is receiving medical care in Arizona.
"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," Jermaine, 57, wrote. "This is our mother and her health is paramount. We are not inventing or plotting anything. We are following doctor's advice. Period."
But Paris doesn't seem to have taken too much comfort in Jermaine's reassurances.
"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," the teenager tweeted on Sunday.
(RadarOnline backs up Paris's assertions, reporting that the doctor who defended Conrad Murray in court is the one who is now taking care of Katherine Jackson.)
Jemaine has since released a statement blasting Trent for filing the missing-persons report in the first place. "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," he wrote.
Adding to the drama, the Jackson family is currently in the middle of a ferocious dispute over Michael's will. Janet Jackson and her siblings Jermaine, Tito, Randy and Rebbie have threatened legal action against the executors of Michael's estate. The Jackson siblings believe that the executors are responsible for forging Michael's will (which leaves everything to his mother and children) and covering up the circumstances of his death. Furthermore, they claim that Katherine is not healthy enough to care for the children, and recently suffered a "mini-stroke" from stress. Katherine's lawyers have declared all the accusations false, as has Paris on her Twitter page.
"i will defend my beloved family member with all i have, even if it means from other family members," Paris wrote last week, adding, "at this point i dont care what people call me or if they think i'm a bad person... if it means sticking up for my grandmother i will do it."