Greg Smith's attorney, Nathan Petersen, told the newspaper a judge had ordered that Greg Smith be granted limited parenting rights starting Aug. 1. A parenting plan set out in court records shows he was to have the children from Friday evening through Sunday night every other weekend.
According to The Oregonian, Greg Smith in July received worrisome text and voice messages from Jessica Smith and the teenage daughter. He requested that a psychologist conduct an evaluation of where the children should be placed.
Greg Smith wrote in court papers that the teen sounded in a voice message she left for him as though she was "reading from something that Jessica scripted," making statements like "I'm so sick I can hardly talk," and "It's terrifying and cruel of you not to respect us."
According to The Oregonian, the father wrote in the court records that he had a positive relationship with his daughters and did not understand "why Jessica is manipulating our children into believing otherwise."
On Sunday, Greg Smith's family released a statement through the FBI thanking law enforcement and others for their help.
"We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of sympathy and support from Cannon Beach and the surrounding communities," the statement said.
Cannon Beach is a popular weekend getaway for people from the Portland region, about 80 miles away. It features galleries, shopping and scenic seascapes.