Louisiana State Police rescue abducted teens being taken out of the country

March 22, 2016

Source: wdsu.com

Uncle, teens were traveling to Mexico, police say

NEW ORLEANS —Two missing North Carolina teenagers will be reunited with their family Tuesday after state police rescued the siblings from their uncle, who is accused of abducting them.


The 15-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl, who are siblings, were found with their uncle, 40-year-old Jose Melchor of Clemmons, North Carolina, while they were being unlawfully taken out of the country, authorities said.

The search began about 10 p.m. Monday when state police were contacted by the Winston-Salem Police Department about the abduction.

The investigation led authorities to believe that Melchor was traveling west on Interstate 10 through the New Orleans area, possibly headed for Mexico.

Troopers took positions along the interstate and found the group traveling in a 2004 Nissan pickup near the St. James-St. John the Baptist parish line.

Both children were found unharmed and Melchor was taken into custody.

Melchor was booked into the St. James Parish Jail on two felony counts of child abduction.

He is waiting on extradition to North Carolina.  The children were taken to a safe location and plans to reunite them with family members were being coordinated on Tuesday.

“Once again, strong working relationships with our public safety partners from across the country (have) led to the successful and safe resolution of a dangerous situation,” State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said. “Two children will soon be back in the arms of their loved ones due to the proactive and vigilant police work of our troopers. I am continually proud of our agency’s accomplishments and dedication to public safety in Louisiana.”

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