An Indiana boy who was abducted in 1994, at the age of 5, has been found alive and living in Minnesota. Authorities identified the now 24-year-old man who has been living under an assumed name.
It has been almost 19 years since his parental grandparents kidnapped the boy from Indiana because they were unhappy about custody arrangements.
The Todd County Sheriff’s Office said Richard Wayne Landers Jr. now lives in the small northern Minnesota town of Long Prairie under the name Michael Jeff Landers.
According to Minnesota authorities, the paternal grandparents could face federal charges in the case.
The grandparents Richard E. and Ruth A. Landers are currently living in the town of Browerville, Minn., their assumed names were Raymond Michael Iddings and Susan Kay Iddings.
Landers’ mother, Lisa Harter, was “jumping up and down for joy” when investigators told her a few days ago that her son had been found, her husband Richard Harter told The Associated Press in a telephone interview on Thursday. He said his wife is “the happiest woman on earth.”
According to police Launders is married and expecting his first child.
Police spokesman Sgt. Ron Galaviz said it appears Landers’ father was never in the picture. Authorities said Landers had lived with his grandparents since birth.
However, when there was a dispute between them and Landers’ mother over his custody, he was abducted and the grandparents took off.