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

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  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Former Member

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    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
    OR
    LaGrange County Sheriff Deputy John R. Russell
    101 N. High Street
    LaGrange, Indiana

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

    http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/local/lagrange-co-boy-missing-since-1994-found-in-minnesota
     
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    Cubby fly the W!

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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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    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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    Betty P Well-Known Member

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

    http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/local/lagrange-co-boy-missing-since-1994-found-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?
     
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    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.

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    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/lagrange-co-boy-missing-since-1994-found-in-minnesota
     
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    Just saw this on my local news...came straight here to post, but it already was...poor kid must have mourned his parents all these years. :(

    Happy ending I guess!
     
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    BetteDavisEyes All the boys think she's a spy...

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    Indiana boy abducted in '94 found in Minnesota

    By KEN KUSMER, AP
    45 minutes ago

    INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities have identified a 24-year-old man recently discovered living in Minnesota under an assumed name nearly two decades after his grandparents abducted him from Indiana.

    The Todd County Sheriff's Office says Richard Wayne Landers Jr. now lives in the small northern Minnesota town of Long Prairie under the name Michael Jeff Landers.

    Indiana State Police announced Thursday that Landers had been found, but didn't give his new name. They said Landers' paternal grandparents took him because they were upset over custody arrangements.

    Minnesota officials say the grandparents, Raymond Michael Iddings and Susan Kay Iddings, verified Landers' identity...

    http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20130111/US.Indiana.Abductee.Found/?cid=hero_media
     
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    BetteDavisEyes All the boys think she's a spy...

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    Mods: Please merge if this is posted elsewhere. Thanks.
     
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    Thank God they found him! Unless these grandparents were protecting him from real abuse I hope they are punished. How sad, all the way around.
     
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    I'm glad he is found for his mom's sake, but I just don't see this having a happy outcome for the son or the mom.

    If she sues the grandparents (for some bizarre reason they might not be able to be charged with kidnapping because of the statute of limitations- which is a law that should be changed IMO) then the son will probably refuse to see her. But if I were her, I would want the grandparents put away for LIFE. So she might have to swallow her anger and try to move on.

    From all reports, the paternal grandparents were upset that they weren't seeing him as much as they wanted. Mom had just remarried new husband and real father was out of the picture. That is why they took him.

    This is horrible and wonderful at the same time. I hope the grandparents haven't been telling lies about the mom the whole time.
     

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