SARASOTA (FOX 13) - Detectives now say a missing Sarasota mother and her two daughters are out of the state, and may be out the country.
Detectives won't say their exact location because of the investigation.
Hidalia Bernal, and her daughters Claudia and Noemi Olivares had not been seen for more than a week, prompting a missing persons alert last week.
Bernal is a key witness in the case against the girls' father, Roman Olivares, who has been in jail since last fall.
He's charged with lewd and lascivious behavior.