Tennessee police have issued an alert about Noah Clare, a missing three-year-old child suspected of being abducted by her father, Jacob Clare.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) issued a yellow warning on Tuesday after a Claren Subaru Legacy farmer with a license plate of 42MY10 was spotted in Arizona.
An hour later, the car was found abandoned in a parking lot in California, covered in dirt and full of camping gear, blankets, and military food.
Gallatin police in Tennessee are searching for Clare, 35, for “particularly aggravated” abduction and interference with imprisonment. They say he left Kentucky on Nov. 5 or 6 with Noah and his missing 16-year-old cousin, Amber Clare, to take the child to Gallatin, but he never arrived.
Investigators said Monday that Mr. Clare could drive to northern Michigan, but on Tuesday TBI tweeted that his car had been seen in Arizona and then found in San Clemente, Orange County, between Los Angeles and San Diego.
Photographs published by the TBI showed clear signs that there had been children in the car and evidence that Mr Clare had planned a long journey.
Yellow alerts are special alerts that are sent to as many people in a given area as possible through television, radio, text messages, and websites when a child is suspected of being abducted.
The system is named after Amber Rene Hagerman, a young girl who was abducted while cycling in Arlington, Texas in 1996 and was found dead four days later. His murderer has never been caught, although police are still looking for clues.
Anyone in the United States who has information about Clares’ whereabouts should call 1-800-TBI-FIND. Anyone who may have seen them directly should call the emergency number immediately.