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Missing 4-year-old boy found safe

Posted June 16, 2008

— A 4-year-old Florida boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert in North Carolina on Monday has been found safely in Virginia.

Colin Nathaniel Custer and his alleged abductor, Robert William Custer II, 45, of Naples, Fla., were located in Blacksburg, Va., around 6 p.m. Custer is Colin's father, officials confirmed.

Colin was unharmed, according to a spokesman for the sheriff's office in South Carolina's Lexington County.

Federal marshals and Virginia state police officers arrested Custer. He was armed but did not resist officers.

An Amber Alert was issued in North Carolina, because authorities believed Custer might be driving through the state on his way to Maryland.

Officials said Custer abducted Colin and his mother when they meet at a grocery store in Ocala, Fla., on Sunday. The meeting was for a scheduled custody swap.

Custer put a cloth saturated with some type of chemical over the mother's head, and she lost consciousness, officials said.

She managed to escape when Custer stopped for gas in Lexington, S.C. on Monday. The mother then reported the abduction to local authorities, they said.

A cell phone used by Custer pinged a cell tower in Hendersonville, south of Asheville in Buncombe County, around mid morning.

South Carolina state officials said they did not know if Custer would be extradited there, because the original crime occurred in Florida.

Custer shared custody with the boy's mother, but he lived with her in Summerfield, Fla.


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  • They call me CATMAN Jun 17, 2008

    Happy he is safe.

  • b4self Jun 17, 2008

    GoodToGo that may be true but if that's the case why did he take Mom too, anyway glad all were found safe .Good ending at last.

  • GoodToGo Jun 17, 2008

    everyone on here assumes that the mother was the best parent..maybe the father took him cause he was being mistreated by the mother...who knows...lots of things go on in child custody cases!

  • lilwil Jun 17, 2008

    He needs his custodial/parentals rights stripped. This was premeditated.

    I'm glad the mother was able to regain conscious and call authorities. I'm happy the little boy was not hurt.

  • Road Dog Jun 17, 2008

    Custers last stand?

  • PikeMom4real Jun 17, 2008

    Custer is Colin's father, officials confirmed.


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  • All child molesters should die Jun 16, 2008

    Great ending!


  • newmommy06 Jun 16, 2008

    So glad he is safe!

  • ShareTheRoad Jun 16, 2008

    WOOHOOOO!!!! finally, a story with some GOOD news in it! not that getting abducted was good, but man, after reading the details about how this kid and his mama were taken, i did not have a good feeling about the outcome. glad to see it turned out for the best! yay!