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3-month old subject of Amber Alert, parents located in basement

Posted September 20

Authorities issued an Amber Alert early Wednesday for Cali Marie Cochran, a 3-month-old, believed to have been abducted by two people, Rex Douglas Cochran Jr. and  Heather Marie Cochran. The trio are possibly headed to Ocala, FL or Valdosta, GA.

— Authorities said Cali Marie Cochran, a Haywood County 3-month-old believed to have been abducted by her parents, Rex Douglas Cochran Jr. and Heather Marie Cochran, was found safe Wednesday night.

According to the Haywood County Sheriff's Office, the trio was located in the basement of a residence at 445 Coffee Lane in Fletcher, North Carolina.

Heather and Rex Cochran were both arrested on fugitive warrants just before 5:30 p.m.

Amber Alert issued

Deputies said the couple is wanted in North Dakota on charges of felony child abuse and fled Haywood County after an emergency custody order was issued.

Cali Cochran was being evaluated by medical personnel Wednesday night, which is standard procedure.


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