Indiana boy abducted in '94 found in Minnesota
Police: Boy taken by paternal grandparents
Last Updated: 130 days ago
WOLCOTTVILLE, Ind. - A boy abducted from northeastern Indiana by his paternal grandparents 19 years ago has been found in Minnesota.
Indiana State Police said Thursday that Richard Wayne Landers Jr. was abducted in July 1994 during court proceedings over his custody in Wolcottville.
Police say a 24-year-old man with the same Social Security number and birth date as Landers but living under a different name was located in October in Long Prairie, Minn.
His grandparents also were living under aliases nearby and confirmed his identity.
The grandparents were initially charged with custody interference, but charges were dropped in 2008 after the case went cold.
Police spokesman Sgt. Ron Galaviz says Landers' father was never in the picture.
Galaviz says an attorney is working with Landers' mother to reconnect her with her son.
"It's nice to put closure to this case, and now the family can begin the process of reconnecting with their loved one," LaGrange County Sheriff Terry Martin said in a news release.
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