ST. JAMES PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Two missing teens from out of state are safe and will be reunited with their family after they were rescued by Louisiana state troopers Monday night.
Louisiana State Police reported a 15-year-old boy and his 13-year-old sister, both of North Carolina, were abducted by their uncle, Jose Melchor, 40, also of North Carolina.
Sgt. Nick Manale with LSP said the Winston-Salem (NC) Police Department contacted Troop B a little after 10 p.m. to report their suspicions that Melchor was possibly headed west on I-10 through the New Orleans area with the teens, possibly on his way to Mexico.
He added troopers set up along different parts of I-10 West and spotted Melchor's 2004 Nissan truck near the St. James Parish-St. John the Baptist Parish line. He said the teens were not harmed.
"Once again strong working relationships with our public safety partners from across the country has led to the successful and safe resolution of a dangerous situation," Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police, said in a written release. "Two children will soon be back in the arms of their loved ones due to the proactive and vigilant police work of our Troopers. I am continually proud of our agency's accomplishments and dedication to public safety in Louisiana."
Manale said the children were taken to a safe location and plans are underway to reunite them with relatives.
Melchor was booked into the St. James Parish Jail on two counts of child abduction. He is awaiting extradition back to North Carolina.