Uncle reaches NJ girls stuck in Georgia

August 15, 2008 10:36:52 AM PDT
A congressman says the uncle of two New Jersey girls trapped in the Republic of Georgia has reached the home where the children are staying. U.S. Rep. Chris Smith says Beso Tsutskiridze had arrived at his parents' house in the western village of Chiatura.

Smith says the uncle took a plane to Armenia earlier this week and then crossed the border into Georgia with a CNN news crew. The 28-year-old former member of the Georgian military made his way to Chiatura on foot after a Russian checkpoint turned back his car.

Smith said 7-year-old Ashley and 3-year-old Sophia Evans will stay put for now.

The girls were visiting their grandparents when Russian troops invaded Georgia last week. Russian checkpoints have blocked their paths to escape.

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