SWANZEY, N.H. — The search for missing brothers from Swanzey on Monday was successfully resolved in California, police say.
Police met a flight arriving from Washington, D.C., at Los Angeles International Airport, where they arrested 41-year-old Joel Wallace and child services officials took his sons, 11-year-old Jared Wallace and 3-year-old Ethan Wallace into custody, according to a news release from Swanzey police.
Police said this morning Wallace was believed to have taken his sons from a Forest Avenue home where they had been staying since being placed in state custody about three weeks ago.
The boys were placed in state custody after the death of their mother in Hinsdale and Wallace was living at the same home with them, police said.
A resident of the home noticed the children missing this morning and police say a window at the house was found open, the blinds were torn and numerous wrapped Christmas presents are also missing.
Police said this morning they were looking for a black car that may have been involved in the abduction.
The investigation involved Swanzey police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New Hampshire and Los Angeles offices, the New Hampshire State Police, Londonderry police, the Cheshire County Attorney’s Office and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Police determined Wallace and his sons had boarded a flight from Manchester Boston Regional Airport early this morning and changed planes in Washington, D.C., police said.
Wallace, who police said is a known substance abuser who has family ties to Connecticut and had talked about going to California, will be extradited back to New Hampshire to face criminal charges, police said.
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