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Published on February 26, 2024
7-Year-Old Found Safe in Florida After Statewide AMBER Alert, Father in CustodySource: Facebook/FDLE

A Florida-wide manhunt came to a close yesterday night when a 7-year-old boy, Christian Simeus, was found safe after being reported missing from Riviera Beach in Palm Beach County earlier in the day. The child has been the subject of an AMBER Alert, which authorities canceled following the recovery.

According to NBC Miami, the boy was believed to have been abducted by his father, 44-year-old Jean Simeus, while they were at a park. In a dramatic turn of events, north Florida was where, the Florida Highway Patrol reportedly pulled over the father's car on I-75, and found the boy.

Riviera Beach police stated that the father is now in custody following the traffic stop. The circumstances surrounding the alleged abduction are still under investigation, but the crucial outcome was that Christian was safely returned to his mother, alleviating fears for his well-being.

Details on Jean Simeus' apprehension remain sparse, but according to a Tampa Bay Times report, more information regarding the incident may be released as the investigation progresses. In the midst of relief that swept the community, the specifics of the alert, the chase, and his capture – which came to an end on I-75 – wait to be untangled.

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