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On Tuesday, the 23-year-old man was back home with his father, about a week after he walked into the United States Consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico, and identified himself.
Nathan Slinkard arrived in Indianapolis last week, 18 years after he went missing, the Hancock County Sheriff's Department and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said Tuesday.
Slinkard, his brother, Andrew, and sister, Sydney, had been missing from Greenfield, a city about 20 miles east of Indianapolis, since October 1995, when authorities say their mother, Trena Slinkard, failed to return them despite a court order after their father filed a motion seeking full custody.
It wasn't immediately clear when the children were taken out of the United States, or under what circumstances Nathan Slinkard and the others separated. Sheriff's Department Lt. Ted Munden, the last local investigator in the case, said Nathan Slinkard hadn't divulged the others' locations but said they were safe and unconfined. Munden said Andrew and Sydney apparently know they are free to return to the U.S. if they desire.
Nathan Slinkard provided his Social Security card and birth certificate to consulate officials, who also used scars to confirm his identity. He asked to come home to the U.S., and the consulate gave him a temporary passport so he could.
Two investigators who had searched for the children over the years - Munden and Merideth Morrison of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - assisted in his return.
After a stop in Houston, Nathan Slinkard arrived in Indianapolis Jan. 29 and was greeted by his father, Steve Slinkard, and his aunt.
"He's staying with Dad right now," Munden said Tuesday. "He's a good kid, lots of ambitions."
Merideth could not be contacted Tuesday. Officials said the family has requested privacy.
I notice that if a mother abducts a child, there is an immediate deluge of postings excusing the behavior from multiple people. If a father does the same thing, there is an immediate call for grave punishment. This reinforces my theory that there is still a great deal of sex based discrimination when it comes to parenting rights and custody decisions. A level of discrimination that would not be tolerated in any other situation. The funny thing is that even other men hold the same biased opinions. It's a good example of social programming. Another example on the flip side of the coin is the discrimination of women joining combat job specialties in the military. Interesting.
Are the other two children, "of age" also? If so, if they want to return to see their dad, fine, if not fine. Why does he have to tell where they are if they are all of age now?
fab ending thrilled
How nice this son has returned home, the others may follow at some time and the father may search them out now. It is sad when two parents and a court system cannot deal better with such situations, I look forward to hearing more about this event.
Bet if it was the dad who ran off to Mexico, they would have had him in chains long ago.
I hope they do well and I hope the other children can be with there father again soon. God speed
Beautiful story! The Dad must be so happy!!
The mother should be brought back to the US and be prosecuted just like any other kidnapper would be. Yes, they were her children too, but she selfishly deprived their father the chance to have a relationship with his own children. The children suffer without a father and the father never got the chance to be there when his kids were growing up. Not only did she break the law but she emotionally hurt her children and their father. They can never get back the lost years where he was deprived of being their father. So selfish of her.
What is scary, is that you can never give up if a child goes misssing.....