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    IN - Richard Landers, 5, LaGrange, 29 July 1994


    Missing Since: July 29, 1994 from LaGrange, Indiana
    Classification: Family Abduction
    Date of Birth: October 26, 1988
    Age: 5 years old
    Height and Weight: 3'6, 40 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Richard Wayne's nickname is Gizzard.

    Details of Disappearance

    Richard Wayne was last seen in LaGrange, Indiana on July 29, 1994. He was abducted by his non-custodial grandparents, Ruth Ann and Richard E. Landers. Photographs and vital statistics for the abductors are unavailable. None of them have ever been heard from again. Richard Wayne's case remains unsolved.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Indiana Missing Children Clearinghouse
    800-831-8953
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    LaGrange County Sheriff Deputy John R. Russell
    101 N. High Street
    LaGrange, Indiana

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    Child missing since age 5 FOUND ALIVE 18 years later

    There is a thread for this lad but is closed so I can't post the update there.

    LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) - A LaGrange County boy who had been reported missing since he was five years old, was found over 18 years later, alive and well, living in Long Prairie, Minnesota.

    According to police, Richard Wayne Landers, Jr. was abducted by his paternal grandparents after they were upset about the pending court proceedings regarding the placement of their grandson.

    Police said the grandparents, Richard and Ruth Landers, took Landers, Jr. to an unknown destination on July 29, 1994.
    http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/local/l...d-in-minnesota

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    Interesting. Though, I wonder how long LE has known..... Both NCMEC and Charley Project still show Richard as being missing.


    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...+Wayne+Landers

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    Just saw this:

    Indiana boy abducted in '94 found in Minnesota

    http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/...tee-found.html



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    Thanks for posting this. Ran across the article and thread earlier this morning and didn't know what to do with it as the other thread was closed...

    It seems (from the original missing person's info.) that LE knew he was taken by his non-custodial paternal grandparents when he went missing - but they couldn't find him for 18 years? Did no-one check the Soc. Sec. number before now? So strange that they knew who had him this whole time, but for 18 years they were able to remain under the radar... I mean the man is 23 years old now. I wonder what his G-parents told him? I hope he can find out whatever information he wants to know about what happened, and hopefully the truth about whatever issues were going on that made the GP's take such a drastic action.

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    IN - A boy kidnapped since 1994 found in Minnesota

    LAGRANGE, Ind. (WISH) - A boy who has been missing since he was kidnapped from northern Indiana by his grandparents in 1994 has been found living, married and well, in Minnesota, the Indiana State Police said.

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    The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department said there will be no charges filed against Lander, Jr.'s grandparents because the statute of limitations has expired in LaGrange County.

    http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/local/l...d-in-minnesota
    "IT TAKES A LOT BIGGER MAN TO STAND UP AND ADMIT HIS MISTAKES THAN TO HIDE BEHIND A LIE"
    WHY WON'T ANYONE STAND UP FOR HALEIGH??!! WHY?? TELL THE TRUTH!!
    HALEIGH DESERVES IT!!

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    From the link above, it appears the step-father just recently gave the boy's SS # to LE to investigate

    According to police, in September 2012, Landers, Jr.'s stepfather, Richard Harter, gave them Landers, Jr.'s Social Security card. Police found a man living in Long Prairie, Minnesota using the same Social Security number and date of birth as Landers, Jr. The man even appeared to look similar as to how the missing boy might look in his twenties.
    http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/local/l...d-in-minnesota

    Since they couldn't find the grandparents all these years, maybe they assumed they had taken him out of the country or gave him a new identity & SS#.

    What terrible grandparents, how could they do that to the child and the parents?

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    I am from the area and don't recall this incident.
    I wonder what the federal statute for kidnapping is?
    Does anyone know?
    "IT TAKES A LOT BIGGER MAN TO STAND UP AND ADMIT HIS MISTAKES THAN TO HIDE BEHIND A LIE"
    WHY WON'T ANYONE STAND UP FOR HALEIGH??!! WHY?? TELL THE TRUTH!!
    HALEIGH DESERVES IT!!

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    Another report with video

    Missing LaGrange Boy Found Alive 19 Years Later

    http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/ne...186360111.html
    "IT TAKES A LOT BIGGER MAN TO STAND UP AND ADMIT HIS MISTAKES THAN TO HIDE BEHIND A LIE"
    WHY WON'T ANYONE STAND UP FOR HALEIGH??!! WHY?? TELL THE TRUTH!!
    HALEIGH DESERVES IT!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikkismom View Post
    Just saw this:

    Indiana boy abducted in '94 found in Minnesota

    http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/...tee-found.html



    Happy dance even if it took 18 years!
    So happy he's been found...I only pray it doesn't take this long for Gabriel Johnson to be found...it's been 3 years already, but this story gives me hope.

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    There's another thread with more info on this in the Crimes - Spotlight on Children section.

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...hlight=landers

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    Quote Originally Posted by momtective View Post
    So happy he's been found...I only pray it doesn't take this long for Gabriel Johnson to be found...it's been 3 years already, but this story gives me hope.
    That would be great if Gabriel could be found alive.
    In fact, how many other cases like this may be out there?

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    LaGrange Co. boy missing since 1994 found in Minnesota

    A LaGrange County boy who had been reported missing since he was five years old, was found over 18 years later, alive and well, living in Long Prairie, Minnesota.

    [snip]

    Police said Richard Wayne Landers, Jr., is now 24-years-old and is married.

    "It's just too bad that those many years have gone by, but I'm really happy that he was found and everything's ok," said Russell.

    The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department said there will be no charges filed against Lander, Jr.'s grandparents because the statute of limitations has expired in LaGrange County.

    More: http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/local/l...d-in-minnesota

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...=feeds-newsxml

    According to this article, he knew his real name but chose to go by an alias.

    Why did it take step dad 18 years to provide a SS #?

    Why did his grandparents have custody in the first place?

    I think we're missing most of the story.
    http://m.startribune.com/?id=186372571

    Apparently mom and dad were getting a divorce and mom ended up homeless so grandma and grandpa took him?
    Last edited by meganx3xo; 01-11-2013 at 01:36 AM. Reason: Answered my own question. :)

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