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Amber Alert issued for 4-year-old boy

Posted June 16, 2008

— North Carolina authorities have issued an Amber Alert for a child reported missing in Lexington, S.C., who might be traveling through the state.

Colin Nathaniel Custer, 4, stands approximately 3 feet tall and weighs approximately 35 pounds.

Colin is white with blond hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray short-sleeve shirt with blue and red stripes down the sides, navy shorts and tan shoes with blue stripes.

A cell phone used by the alleged abductor – Robert William Custer II – pinged a cell tower in Hendersonville, south of Asheville in Buncombe County, at 10:30 a.m.

Custer, 45, is described as a white man, who stands about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He has gray and blond hair with a receding hairline, a long gray beard and blue eyes.

Investigators said the boy and his alleged abductor could be traveling to Maryland in a white Chevrolet vehicle with a green stripe and Florida license plate number Q577ZE. Authorities said the vehicle is towing a cargo trailer with the registration number X64-OPL.

No further information about the vehicle was immediately available.

Anyone with information regarding should call 911, the state Highway Patrol at *HP or the Lexington County Sheriff`s Department at 803-785-2400.


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  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Jun 16, 2008

    Haggis Basher,

    Obviously the guy is whacked out or he wouldn't have done what he did. That makes him open to do any harm to anyone. And if you read the story from http://www.wyff4.com/news/16618219/detail.html then you would know that.

    He said he would "kill himself and the child before being apprehended".

    Why don't you read up on that?!? then tell me that there's no harm that could be inflicted on the boy.

    I hope they catch the creep and the little boy is safe.

  • haggis basher Jun 16, 2008

    "I pray to God that that creep doesn't take his problems out on that little child."
    There is no indication in the story that he (appears to be the father) is any risk at all to the Child. Unless there is due cause I think that they should not use the Amber alert for this kind of incident. A Father who who has been unreasonably denied access or custody to his son is a long way from a Paedophile.

  • Adelinthe Jun 16, 2008

    Praying for the child.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Jun 16, 2008

    I pray to God that that creep doesn't take his problems out on that little child. My son is 3 1/2 (kind of looks like this kid) and I just can't imagine ever hurting him over something between my wife and I. I worship the ground my little boy walks on. I hope this guy does too.

  • amyg113 Jun 16, 2008

    I just re-read the story and it does appear that he could be the father, but I still don't understand why she didn't take him out of the car when she ran.

  • amyg113 Jun 16, 2008

    This story stinks:
    There is NO WAY I would leave my baby in a car with an armed man. I'm not sure why she was letting her son visit with her ex-boyfriend (not his father) in the first place. And then to escape from the car and not take the boy with her? Something's not right here.

  • twc Jun 16, 2008

    Sounds like the "alleged abductor" is the father. Probably another case of rights denied the father. Now he's made it worse!

  • teacher-mom Jun 16, 2008

    Please take that child back. If there are problems, please settle them legally. This is not right.

  • PeaceOut2017 Jun 16, 2008

    sounds like a parental custody battle, I doubt the father is going to harm the child.

  • Tri-Road Warrior Jun 16, 2008

    Please note that the area code for the Lexington County Sherrif's office is 803 - not 802.