Davontae Maurice Clark

5-year-old boy FOUND SAFE, 2 suspects arrested hours after investigators issue Amber Alert: Cops

An Amber Alert issued in Knoxville, Tennessee, recently has been credited with leading to the safe recovery of a missing boy and the arrest of two suspects wanted in connection to that disappearance.

According to WTVC, Davontae Maurice Clark was found at a shelter in Nashville by police officers.

The statewide alert was issued Tuesday for the boy and a woman, Ashlee Clark, named by authorities as a suspect in his disappearance.

Just over an hour later, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Davontae Clark had been located.

A subsequent update by Knoxville police indicate two adults were in custody as part of the ongoing investigation.

According to initial reports, police believe Davontae Clark was at his aunt’s Knoxville home on Monday when his mother, who does not have custody, took him.

Authorities confirmed a warrant had been obtained for Ashlee Clark’s arrest. Police thought they knew what type of vehicle she was driving, but they did not know where she was headed with her biological son.

The Amber Alert has been credited with helping officers find Maurice Clark. When the TBI became involved in the search on Christmas Day, it was classified only as an East Tennessee Endangered Child Alert.

Organizations including the Missing Pieces Network also circulated information about the missing boy across social media platforms on Monday.

Along with news the following day of a suspect in his disappearance, the TBI announced the case had been upgraded to a statewide Amber Alert.

[Featured image: Davontae Clark/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation]