Updated: Thursday, 10 Jan 2013, 5:36 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 10 Jan 2013, 1:59 PM EST
- Kate Taylor
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.
According to LaGrange County Sheriff Department Deputy John Russell, who is now retired, arrest warrants were issued for both grandparents, charging them with Interference with Custody, a class B misdemeanor. In 1999, those charges were elevated to Interference with Custody, a class C felony. In September 2008, after the child and his grandparents had still not been found, the LaGrange County Prosecutorís Office dropped the charges.
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.
In October 2012, Landers, Jr.'s grandparents, who are currently living in Browerville, Minnesota under different names, verified that the young man who was using Landers Jr.'s Social Security number, was actually Landers, Jr.
Police said Richard Wayne Landers, Jr., is now 24-years-old and is married.
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.
LaGrange Co. boy missing since 1994 found in Minnesota
I'm surprised that there is a statute of limitations on kidnapping (of any sort-custodial interference, whatever) but it's nice to see a missing child, any missing child, turn up alive and well.