A Washington boy was “successfully” recovered in Missouri on February 17, after vanishing eight months ago, officials said.
According to the FBI’s Seattle Office, 8-year-old Breadson John, of Vancouver, was found safe in Jasper, Missouri. Officials haven’t released details on why he was in another state or who he was staying with.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Vancouver Police Department conducted a welfare check at Breadson’s home on June 17, 2022, after community members were concerned. Although little details are known at this time, the FBI announced on January 23 that it joined the investigation.
The Chronicle reports that Breadson’s family members told investigators that the child isn’t missing but they refused to say where he is, according to officials.
“I don’t believe that law enforcement has ever laid eyes on him,” Steve Bernd, a spokesman in the FBI’s Seattle office, said earlier this year.
On Feb. 17, Breadson was successfully recovered! Thank you to our partners for their hard work: @FBIKansasCity, Jasper County Sheriff's Office, and @VancouverPDUSA. https://t.co/ECgbwrxc8b pic.twitter.com/RkPbQdA6fx
— FBI Seattle (@FBISeattle) February 22, 2023
Breadson is now with the Missouri Department of Social Services and Washington Child Protective Services plans to return with him to his home state, according to KGW8.
“Breadson’s recovery would not have been possible without the combined efforts of the Vancouver Police Department, FBI Kansas City, and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office,” Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Seattle field office, Richard A. Collodi, said.
“We are relieved at this outcome and how quickly we were able to resolve it.”
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