Julie Fine, NBC 5 News
Loved ones welcomed home William Gomez, 57, and his grandchildren, 7-year-old Marcus and 8-year-old Dominique on Thursday.
A grandfather and his two grandchildren who disappeared on Sunday are back home in North Texas.
William Gomez, 57, and his grandchildren, 7-year-old Marcus and 8-year-old Dominique, disappeared Sunday afternoon after visiting a park. They were found two days later in Wisconsin.
His son, Jose, flew to Wisconsin and drove his children and his father home.
"I am just happy to be home," William Gomez said Thursday.
"People we never met were praying for you to get home safe with the kids," his wife, Maria, told him when they got home.
William Gomez has a medical condition that can cause him to become disoriented. After he became disoriented Sunday, he traveled through several states with the children before a sheriff's deputy in Wisconsin found them.
The children thought the whole experience was an adventure.
"They are just resilient, and that is the best part about kids," Jose Gomez said.
Bank and credit card information show William Gomez and children traveled through Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois on Monday and Tuesday.
A sheriff's deputy found Gomez after he flagged the deputy down in Washington County, Wis., just northeast of Milwaukee, on Tuesday and asked for directions to Dallas. The deputy ran the vehicle's license plates and discovered Gomez and the children had been listed as endangered.
Jose Gomez flew to Wisconsin to bring them home, and they left Wednesday night.
The Gomez family said it is now focused on getting the children back to school and taking the grandfather to be checked out by doctors.