DANA POINT, California (AP) – A missing 3-year-old boy from Tennessee and a 16-year-old girl from Kentucky have been found safe in Southern California and the father of the younger child has been arrested, authorities said.
Deputies found Noah Clare and his cousin, Amber Clare, Thursday morning in Dana Point, south of Los Angeles, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said. Twitter.
Late Wednesday the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released surveillance cameras from nearby San Clemente, California, showing what appeared to be Noah and Amber along with 35-year-old Jacob Clare.
“At 8:50 a.m., a caring resident called to report a young boy consistent with Noah Clare’s description. OC Sheriff responded and took Jacob Clare into custody, ”the sheriff’s department tweeted Thursday.
No charges were immediately announced and it was not known if Jacob Clare had a lawyer. Further information was expected at an afternoon press conference by the police.
Authorities previously said Jacob Clare was wanted for aggravated kidnapping and guarding interference.
Noah was reported missing by his mother on November 7 after Jacob Clare, her ex-boyfriend and the boy’s father, failed to return the child to her home in Gallatin, Tennessee, at the end of a planned visit, the Nashville Tennessean reported. .
Amber Clare was reported missing by the Beaver Dam Police Department in Ohio County, Kentucky, according to the Tennessean.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported that Jacob Clare was driving a silver Subaru Outback, which authorities believe he bought a week before Noah was reported missing. The Subaru, loaded with clothing and camping gear, was spotted by license plate readers in Arizona earlier this week.
The car was found in San Clemente last Saturday.
The Associated Press