Boy Abducted In '94 Found: Richard Wayne Landers Jr. Found Alive And Well After 19 Years

By Amir Khan on January 11, 2013 8:51 AM EST

Richard Wayne Landers Jr
Richard Wayne Landers Jr. was found alive and well after 19 years (Photo: Indiana State Police)

A boy abducted in '94 was found on Thursday, 19 years after he was taken by his grandparents. Richard Wayne Landers Jr. was found alive and well in Minnesota, living under a different name, after being abducted in 1994 when he was just five years old.

The boy abducted in '94 was found by police 19 years after he was taken by his paternal grandparents, who were upset with a custody arrangement. The boy abducted in '94 was taken from Wolcottville, a town about 30 miles north of Fort Wayne, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

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The boy abducted in '94 was found thanks, in part, to his social security number, police said. The grandparents and abductors of Richard Wayne Landers Jr. were found living under aliases nearby and confirmed the boy's identity, according to WXIN-TV.

The mother of the boy who was abducted in '94 was "jumping up and down" when she heard. Richard Wayne Landers Jr. was found alive, according to CBS News. Her husband said she is the "happiest woman on Earth."

The boy abducted in '94 was found healthy and happy, and is married and expecting his first child.

"By all accounts, it didn't appear he suffered from any abuse, either physical or mental," Police spokesman Sgt. Ron Galaviz said.

Police said the boy abducted in '94 should be reunited with his parents soon.

"It's nice to put closure to this case and now the family can begin the process of reconnecting with their loved one," LaGrange County Sheriff Terry Martin said, according to WXIN.

Police declined to say whether the grandparents of the boy abducted in '94 would face criminal charges.

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