Ribera said Tuesday that while the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department considered the case closed, she and Michael's children were "exhausting other options" to find Katherine Jackson, including seeking help from the FBI and local law enforcement in Arizona. She said Jackson is being preventing from contacting her grandchildren "by the people that she is staying with," but she declined to name anyone specifically.
There are a few different sides to the story, and Randy Jackson also gave his to the Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC Tuesday. "We did go to the home, to let Paris and Prince know that they can visit with or talk to their grandma at any time," Jackson said.
Brother Marlon Jackson broke down into tears when he told "The Insider" he doesn't know where his mother was.
"We don't know where she is," attorney Ribera told "Nightline" Tuesday. "We know that she is in Arizona, allegedly, but we don't know where because law enforcement won't give us the address, because it is an ongoing investigation."
Moves were being made to secure the kids' access to their grandmother and appoint a temporary guardian -- most likely one of brother Tito Jackson's children -- while she was still out of the picture.
"All I can say is that efforts are being made as a result of what happened on Monday to make sure that the children are safe and well protected," Ribera said. "These kids love her. ...They want her home."
The drama has been building to a crescendo in recent weeks and it's not just about the children. Michael Jackson's estate is also being disputed by his siblings, who want the executors of his will to step down. The late King of Pop left his entire estate to his mother and three children.
In response to a letter from Michael Jackson's siblings, the Jackson estate put out a statement saying, "We are saddened that false and defamatory accusations grounded in stale Internet conspiracy theories are now being made by certain members of Michael's family whom he chose to leave out of his will. We are especially disheartened that they come at a time when remarkable progress has been made to secure the financial future of his children by turning around the estate's finances as well as during a time when so many of Michael's fans, old and new, are enjoying his artistry through exciting new projects."