ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Police said Friday they have found a van that was the subject of a nationwide Amber Alert after two small boys were abducted by their father and grandfather in Orange County when they followed their mother outside to take out the trash.
Police Sgt. Rick Martinez declined to say where the van was found.
The two suspects and the boys, 4-year-old Jacob Quinones and 2-year-old Justin Quinones, were still missing, however.
The van’s discovery means the Amber Alert — designed to spread information only on the vehicles used in abductions — was canceled.
Police were searching the general area Friday for the boys’ father, 23-year-old Abraham Fernandez, and his father, 52-year-old Louis Mendoza Fernandez.
The men, who live in Texas, are still believed to be in Southern California and may be asking friends to hide them, Martinez said.
The men drove up to the 24-year-old mother’s Anaheim apartment complex around 8 p.m. Thursday as she took out the garbage, snatched her sons and sped away as she screamed for help and a neighbor gave chase, Martinez said.
Fernandez and the mother were never married but had dated for seven years and lived together in Texas until several months ago, when the mother moved with the two boys to California, Martinez said.
He did not know why she moved and said detectives are looking into the father’s motive.
Detectives are not aware of any custody disputes over the boys or any domestic violence allegations in the family.
“There are a lot of unanswered questions,” Martinez said. “We don’t know motivation, we don’t know of any anger or any problems that may exist, so until we can find these kids and prove that they are safe we won’t rest.”