ANAHEIM (AP) — The vehicle believed to have been used in the kidnapping of two young boys from Anaheim was found Friday.
The car, believed to have been rented, was discovered in an undisclosed location. The boys and suspects were still listed as missing.
Authorities have canceled the Amber Alert issued.
Jacob Quinones, 4, and Justin Quinones, 2, had gone outside with their mother to take out the trash just before 8 p.m. Thursday when they were snatched by two men in a van. Their 24-year-old mother screamed for help and a neighbor gave chase, Anaheim police Sgt. Rick Martinez said.
Those men were later identified as 23-year-old Abraham Fernandez, the boys’ biological father, and his father, 52-year-old Louis Mendoza Fernandez, said police Sgt. Bob Dunn. They are from Texas and could be headed in that direction, Dunn said.
A nationwide Amber Alert has been issued for a gray 2009 or newer Dodge Caravan with tinted windows and a dent in the right front door. The boys were last seen wearing Buzz Lightyear T-shirts and gray shorts.
Fernandez and the mother were never married, but were living in Texas until several months ago, when the mother moved with the two boys to California, said police Sgt. Rick Martinez.
He did not know why she moved and said detectives are looking into the father’s motive.
Detectives are not aware of any custody disputes over the boys or any domestic violence allegations in the family.
“There are a lot of unanswered questions,” Martinez said. “We don’t know motivation, we don’t know of any anger or any problems that may exist, so until we can find these kids and prove that they are safe we won’t rest.”
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