LAS VEGAS (AP) – A 12-year-old Las Vegas boy returned home Sunday – 18
months after he vanished with his father.
Jonathan Mystery, who was found in the Philippines earlier this month,
attended a news conference in Las Vegas with his mother.
Shante Mystery was reunited with her son there last week after her
ex-husband, James Mystery, was arrested in the Philippine city of Cebu.
He was sought on a Nevada warrant alleging he violated child custody
rights, a felony.
Last week, FBI officials said James Mystery was being held by U.S.
authorities on the island of Guam, a U.S. territory where he was taken
after waiving deportation from the Philippines.
The father, who had joint custody of the boy before they disappeared, was
being held on a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Jonathan, who was 10 when he disappeared with his father in April 2004,
was located with the help of Nevada Child Seekers. The nonprofit group
assists families and authorities in finding missing children.
More than 7,000 children are reported missing each year in Nevada. Over
200 of those children are considered endangered and more than 100 are
missing involuntarily, according to the Nevada Attorney General’s office.
Nevada Child Seekers formed in 1985 to provide prevention education
programs for parents and children as well as locate missing children.
Representatives of the FBI, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and
Nevada Department of Justice attended the news conference.
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