DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The search for Jacob Claire, his son, and his niece has come to an end.
Police say he kidnapped his niece and son, who he did not have custody over.
Their abductions crossed state lines: three-year-old Noah Clare was taken in Tennessee and 16-year-old Amber Clair was kidnapped in Kentucky.
Amber may have made her way to the Wiregrass.
The Dothan Police Department posted on social media that Amber was possibly seen at the National Peanut Festival on Sunday, November Seventh, wearing a gray two-tone hoodie and jeans.
The alert said she was possibly with her uncle, Jacob Clare.
Noah’s mother was desperate.
“Bring my baby home please, bring him home. Bring him back to what he knows. He loves his mommy, just as much as I love him, so please just bring him home,” Noah’s mom, Amanda Ennis said.
Then the clues started coming together.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted out, the Subaru Legacy mentioned in their ongoing Tennessee Amber Alert was located in San Clemente, California.
The California Highway Patrol sent out an endangered missing advisory for the children in five counties.
A good samaritan named Julia Bonin saw the trio while she was dropping her son off at school and called police after recognizing them from photos posted online.
“I couldn’t stop shaking and tearing up,” said Bonin. “I just wanted to hug them but I didn’t. But I was just grateful I followed my instinct.”
Amber’s parents say her uncle Jacob may have been pursuing a romantic relationship with the teen.
He’s now in custody and has been charged with aggravated kidnapping.
“There was nothing abusive — the kid looked happy,” Bonin said, adding that she had a “gut feeling” and “pit in her stomach” when she spotted them.