(Gray News) – Noah Clare, a missing boy from Tennessee who was the subject of an Amber alert, has been found unharmed in California with 16-year-old Amber Clare, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported Thursday.
The TBI said on Twitter that both were found “safe and sound” outside the town of San Clemente. Noah’s father, Jacob Clare, has been taken into custody, officials added.
Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes told a news conference that a resident recognized them and called the police. The resident also spoke, saying she was on her way to her son’s school when she saw Jacob Clare and the two children, and they looked like photos that had been shared by law enforcement of them in the area.
Noah and Amber’s parents were on their way to California to reunite with the children, Barnes said.
Barnes also said Jacob Clare remains in their custody, pending his extradition to a state where he faces charges. The sheriff said the investigation is underway as to whether he will face any local charges.
Images taken on November 11 by a surveillance camera in the same area of ââthe children and Jacob Clare had been shared by officials earlier today.
Authorities said this was the first time they had confirmed Amber Clare was with them.
Jacob Clare is accused of kidnapping Noah. According to Noah’s mother, Amber is Jacob’s niece and was last seen at her home around 9:30 p.m. on November 5.
Noah’s mother reported to police on November 7 that Jacob, her ex-boyfriend, had not returned their 3-year-old son at the end of a scheduled visit.
On November 8, she requested an emergency motion to suspend parenting time and a temporary restraining order, which the court granted, according to the BIT.
An Amber Alert was issued for Noah on November 16 in Tennessee and Arizona. A notice of endangered disappearance has also been published in California.
Investigators say Jacob bought a silver Subaru Legacy from someone on the Facebook Marketplace on or around October 30. There were several identification stickers on the rear of the vehicle, but several have since been removed.
The TBI said a towing company in San Clemente, Calif., Impounded the Subaru on Nov. 13 and turned it over to law enforcement for processing any potential evidence.
Jacob Clare’s mother, Bonnie Krpata, told WSMV the past week and a half has been excruciating for the family.
She says her son was upset that he didn’t have more time with Noah and was struggling to get overnight visits with him.
Krpata said Jacob was staying with Amber’s family before moving into a trailer a few months ago, adding that there were concerns about their relationship.
âThere was some talk of impropriety,â Krpata told WSMV in an interview. âI pray it isn’t true, but we don’t know. There were things that seemed inappropriate.
Kpata said she just wanted her grandchildren back.
âAmber and Noah are not old and mature enough to make a decision and live on the road. This is not correct. I love you, but you have to bring babies home to them,â Krpata pleaded in the statement. ‘interview.
Anyone with additional information can contact 911, the Gallatin Police Department at 615-451-3838 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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