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Sunday
Dec302012

Missing Georgia Boys Found Safe in Texas, Dad in Custody

Courtesy of Theresa Nash(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Two missing Georgia boys have been found safe in Texas and their father has been taken into police custody.

Moments after pleading for her boys' return on television, the boys' mother Theresa Nash received a phone call from a citizen in Texas who said he was with her sons.

"I was in complete disbelief," Nash told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV as she was boarding a plane to pick up her sons. "He immediately put the phone to Ben and Henry and I talked to them. They were very, very shaken up."

Police in Austin, Texas, were notified when someone recognized the boys and their father at a motel after seeing them on TV.

"They were playing with a Nerf ball, went back inside, they were with Daddy and they came back out and somebody said, 'Put your hands up,' and everybody put their hands up," Nash said.

The boys' father Daniel Cleary was arrested without incident, police said.

"We don't know why he chose Austin," Austin Police Cpl. Wuthipong Tantaksinanuki told WSB-TV. "I know that after he was taken into custody, we did recover a handgun -- a pistol -- and a large sum of money."

Daniel Cleary, who will be extradited to Georgia, faces a charge of interstate interference with custody, a felony, and could face other charges, McGee said.

Benjamin and Henry Cleary had been missing since Wednesday from the greater Atlanta area.

Benjamin, 9, and Henry, 7, had plans to leave with their father, Daniel Cleary, on an overnight trip to Chattanooga, Tenn., on Dec. 22. When they failed to return as scheduled on Dec. 26, their mother, Theresa Nash, who does not live with the boys' father, went to his house to check on them, only to find the phone disconnected and the house empty.

An Amber Alert was issued for the boys.

"There is a court order for them to contact me every day," Nash told ABCNews.com on Friday. "When I hadn't heard from them, and their father's phone was turned off, I went to their father's house to see if they were there. The house was cleared out as if they had moved."

Nash called Cleary "unstable," and said he had only been using cash since the boys went missing. Police said they had not found any charges on his credit card.

The three were spotted Friday at a Walmart in Jackson, Tenn., McGee said.

The boys were found on Henry's eighth birthday and were expected to be reunited with their mother on Sunday.

"They've been begging for an Xbox 360 for Christmas, and Santa brought them one so they need to come home because it's waiting," Nash said on Friday.

A prayer vigil that was scheduled for today at 2 p.m. in Georgia's Suwanee Town Center Park will be still be held for prayers of thanks.

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Friday
Dec282012

Two Atlanta Boys Still Missing After Leaving on Trip With Father

Theresa Nash(ATLANTA) -- The search continues for Benjamin and Henry Cleary, two young brothers who have been missing for five days from the greater Atlanta area.

Benjamin, 9, and Henry, 7, had plans to leave with their father, Daniel Cleary, on an overnight trip to Chattanooga, Tenn., on Dec. 22. When they failed to return as scheduled on Dec. 23, their mother, Theresa Nash, who does not live with the boys' father, went to his house to check on them, only to find the phone disconnected and the house empty.

Nash last saw her sons Dec. 22 at their father's home, she told ABCNews.com. When she returned to Cleary's home, she found all his belongings, including computers and televisions, gone. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children issued an Amber Alert for the boys, who were supposed to have been returned to their mother last Sunday.

"There is a court order for them to contact me every day," Nash told ABCNews.com. "When I hadn't heard from them, and their father's phone was turned off, I went to their father's house to see if they were there. The house was cleared out as if they had moved."

Nash called Cleary "unstable," and said he had only been using cash since the boys went missing. Police said they had not found any charges on his credit card.

"He's smart enough to know that if he uses a credit card he's going to hit the grid," Lt. James McGee, spokesman for the Roswell, Ga., Police Department, told ABCNews.com

McGee said the police also knew that Cleary had recently purchased a gun. (A license is not needed to purchase a gun in Georgia.)

"We don't believe they [the boys] are in imminent danger, but as time goes along and people's mind-set changes, and with the introduction of the weapon, we definitely want the kids back as soon as possible," McGee said.

Cleary, 46, and his sons are believed to be traveling in a silver 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee bearing Georgia license plate number 10742627. The boys are believed to be wearing light-blue winter vests and Nike sneakers. Cleary is 6 feet tall, weighs 240 pounds and often wears a baseball cap.

The three were spotted Friday at a Walmart in Jackson, Tenn., McGee said.

"They [Benjamin and Henry] are outgoing," Nash, their mother, said. "They are very aware of the danger, and they will probably appear upset. They will be stressed, they will be crying."

Benjamin and Henry are very smart and play soccer, Nash said, adding that Henry's birthday is Saturday.

Anyone with information on Cleary and the boys' whereabouts is asked to call the Roswell Police Department at 770-640-4160.

"They've been begging for an Xbox 360 for Christmas, and Santa brought them one so they need to come home because it's waiting," Nash said.

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Friday
Mar112011

Adoptive Parents Allegedly Tortured Missing Children

El Paso County Sheriff's Office(DENVER) -- A newly unsealed arrest warrant paints a picture of alleged abuse against two adopted Colorado boys who have been missing as far back as 2001, including starvation and confinement by being "rolled like a burrito."

The boys' adoptive parents -- Edward E.R. Bryant, 58, and Linda Bryant, 54 -- are being held on multiple charges, including continuing to collect $174,816 in government money to care for the boys, even though the two had been missing for years. Bail is set at $1 million each. They have not been charged in connection to the disappearance of the boys, who would now be teenagers and might never be found, authorities concede.

Detectives consider the case an "ongoing homicide investigation" and are trying to find out exactly what happened to Austin Eugene Bryant and brother Edward Dylan Bryant. Court documents say that the last time anyone can verify Austin's being alive is 2003, when the boy was 7. He would now be 15. Edward was last seen alive when he was 9, in 2001. He would be 18 now.

Authorities have turned to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to age digitally photographs of the boys to try and estimate what they might look like today. A spokesman for the FBI's Denver Division says agents have been asked to help the investigation.

Sheriff Maketa said the case came to light after a tip provided "out of the blue" by two young men who were part of Austin and Edward's extended family.

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