(Image source: The Indianapolis Star)

BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR LAUREN GORES

He went missing at age five in Indiana. More than 18 years later, Richard Wayne Landers, Jr. turned up in Minnesota — alive and well, it seems —but his name apparently isn’t Richard Wayne Landers anymore.

The 24-year-old now goes by the name Michael Jeff Landers. He’s 24, married and expecting a child.

How did he get there? Indiana State Police say his paternal grandparents weren’t happy with custody arrangements in 1994. They abducted him, and the trio essentially disappeared.

“The grandparents, because of that custody dispute, decided that it wasn’t looking very good where he was going to be placed, so they took him away.”
[VIDEO: CNN]

There’s still no word on whether Richard and Ruth Landers will face new charges for taking Landers away — or, if they’ll face a previous charge.

The grandparents were charged at the time with misdemeanor interference with custody, but the charge was dismissed in 2008 when the case went cold.”
[VIDEO: WTNZ]

Fox News looks back at the relationships and connections surrounding Landers, his parents and his grandparents nearly two decades ago.

“ … Richard and Ruth Landers had reportedly raised him since he was born. The boy’s father was never a part of his life, but his mother, Lisa Harter, was reportedly in the process of getting visitation.”

Indiana State Police say they were able to track Landers after his stepfather gave investigator’s the son’s Social Security number.

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Jan 11, 2013

Indiana Boy Missing Since 1994 Found, Now 24

(Image source: The Indianapolis Star)

BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR LAUREN GORES

He went missing at age five in Indiana. More than 18 years later, Richard Wayne Landers, Jr. turned up in Minnesota — alive and well, it seems —but his name apparently isn’t Richard Wayne Landers anymore.

The 24-year-old now goes by the name Michael Jeff Landers. He’s 24, married and expecting a child.

How did he get there? Indiana State Police say his paternal grandparents weren’t happy with custody arrangements in 1994. They abducted him, and the trio essentially disappeared.

“The grandparents, because of that custody dispute, decided that it wasn’t looking very good where he was going to be placed, so they took him away.”
[VIDEO: CNN]

There’s still no word on whether Richard and Ruth Landers will face new charges for taking Landers away — or, if they’ll face a previous charge.

The grandparents were charged at the time with misdemeanor interference with custody, but the charge was dismissed in 2008 when the case went cold.”
[VIDEO: WTNZ]

Fox News looks back at the relationships and connections surrounding Landers, his parents and his grandparents nearly two decades ago.

“ … Richard and Ruth Landers had reportedly raised him since he was born. The boy’s father was never a part of his life, but his mother, Lisa Harter, was reportedly in the process of getting visitation.”

Indiana State Police say they were able to track Landers after his stepfather gave investigator’s the son’s Social Security number.

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