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Missing boy from area found after 19 years

– A boy abducted 19 years ago in northeastern Indiana by his paternal grandparents has been found living in Minnesota under a different name, police said Thursday.

Richard Wayne Landers Jr. was 5 years old when he and his grandparents, who were upset over custody arrangements, disappeared. Indiana State Police said Landers, now 24, was found in Long Prairie, Minn., thanks in part to his Social Security number.

His grandparents were living under aliases in a nearby town and confirmed his identity, investigators said. Police declined to say whether the couple would face charges.

Police, who said Landers is married and expecting his first child, declined to release the names under which he and his grandparents had been living.

Police said the boy’s paternal grandparents abducted him in July 1994 because they were “upset over pending court proceedings” regarding his placement. Police spokesman Sgt. Ron Galaviz said it appears the boy’s father was never in the picture.

Police believe the grandparents took the boy from their home in Wolcottville, which straddles Noble and LaGrange counties, and fled. They were charged with misdemeanor interference with custody, but the charge was dismissed in 2008.

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