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Texas Police Finds Missing 7-Year-Old Beau Henderson

By Alan Cheung

Police have found the body of a missing 7-year-old boy who was last seen in Corpus Christi State Park, according to the San Patricio County Sheriff’s Office.

“We are sadden [sic] to report that Beau Henderson has been discovered deceased,” the San Patricio County Sheriff’s Office wrote. “We appreciate the communities effort and support in helping with the search. Our most sincere condolences to the Henderson Family.”

***UPDATE***We are sadden to report that Beau Henderson has been discovered deceased. We appreciate the communities…

Posted by San Patricio County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, April 14, 2019

Constable Robert Vasquez from the Jim Wells County Constable’s Office Precinct 5 posted on Facebook announcing where Henderson was found.

“The body of the 7-year-old boy Beau Henderson, who went missing at the lake earlier, has been found,” Vasquez said. “He was located in the water where it appears he may have fallen. Our most sincere condolences to the Henderson family.”

The body of the 7 year old boy Beau Henderson, who went missing at the lake earlier, has been found. He was located in…

Posted by Jim Wells County Constable's Office Pct. 5 on Sunday, April 14, 2019

The San Patricio County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the case and has asked Vasquez to assist, according to an earlier Facebook post he made.

Folks I was just notified of a missing child at Lake Corpus Christi in Mathis, TX and have been asked to assist. 7 year…

Posted by Jim Wells County Constable's Office Pct. 5 on Sunday, April 14, 2019

Two Missing Missouri Children Found Safe, Father Still at Large

In another case of missing children, two Missouri children were found safe after being abducted by their father, authorities said.

The St. Charles Police Department issued the alert on April 5 for Fernando Marez, 3, and Alexia Marez, 1. Police said they were abducted by Fernando Marez-Carreas, 24.

Marez-Carreas assaulted the mother of the children and threatened to kill one of them before leaving the city with another Hispanic man and woman.

Later on Friday, the children were found safe in Fairmont City, Illinois, after being dropped off at the city’s police station by an unknown woman.

UPDATE: Fernando Marez and Alexia Marez have been located in Fairmount City, IL. We are in the process of reuniting the…

Posted by St. Charles Police Department on Friday, April 5, 2019

“We don’t know at this point what her relationship is to him, the father or the mother,” St. Charles Police Lt. Tom Wilkison told Fox 2.

The children were being reunited with their mother.

Officers were still searching for Marez-Carreas, who was described as standing 5 feet, 7 inches tall, wearing a blue T-shirt, black vest, dark blue jeans, and Champion shoes. He has tattoos of the children’s names on his arms and was driving a tan, 4-door SUV with a Missouri or Illinois license plate that includes the sequence “E15.”

“This investigation is very much ongoing, we certainly want to talk about the incident that transpired today and find out everything that happened,” Lt. Wilkison told Fox 2. “Right now everyone has an overwhelming sense of relief that the kids were found so quickly and they are unharmed that’s the main thing they are okay.”

Parental Kidnapping

According to the Polly Klaas Foundation, approximately 200,000 children are kidnapped each year by a family member.

Child custody experts said that people kidnap their own children to force a reconciliation or continued interaction with the other, left-behind parent, to spite or punish the other parent, or from fear of losing custody or visitation rights.

In rare cases, the kidnapping may occur to protect a child from a parent who is believed to be abusing the child.

Common warnings signs include the other parent threatening abduction, suspected abuse, or paranoid delusion.

Kidnapping

The number of reported missing children has significantly decreased in recent years, according to a report by the Department of Justice (pdf) in 2017. Reported missing children dropped from 6.5 per 1,000 children in 1999 to 3.1 per 1,000 in 2013.

Missing children typically fall into five categories: kidnapped by a family member, abducted by a nonfamily perpetrator, runaways, those who got lost, stranded, or injured, or those who went missing due to benign reasons, such as misunderstandings, according to the report.

Department of Justice researchers said in a separate report (pdf) published in 2016 that there were an estimated 105 children nationwide that were victims of stereotypical kidnappings, a number that was virtually the same as 1997.

“Most kidnappings involved the use of force or threats, and about three in five victims were sexually assaulted, abused, or exploited, the researchers said. Stereotypical kidnappings are defined as abductions in which a slight acquaintance or stranger moves a child at least 20 feet or holds the child at least 1 hour.

Most victims were girls aged 12 to 17 and most perpetrators were men aged 18 to 35.

NTD reporter Zachary Steiber contributed to this article