2 children abducted by father found safe; mother arrested on unrelated charges

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Two children have been found safe after police say they were abducted by their father.

According to the Prince’s Lakes Police Department, the 6-year-old and 10-year-old boys were abducted by their father, John Rader, after a custody battle between the parents and grandparents.

Police said paperwork was filed before the holidays to give custody to the grandparents.

The children were found safe in Brown County using a cell phone tracking service.

At that time, Brown County deputies took custody of the children and brought them to the Prince’s Lakes Police Department where they were reunited with their grandparents.

“Big relief because I would not want something to happen to those kids while I was on duty. We done everything that we had — the FBI, we had US marshals, the cell phone companies, Brown County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus City, Martinsville, Franklin, Johnson County, every agency here has been helping out,” said Sgt. James Coffey with the Prince’s Lakes Police Department.

Police are still searching for Rader. He is described as a 40-year-old man with brown hair, brown eyes, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds.

He is thought to have been driving a white 2007 Ford 500 with license plates 727MIO, which was last spotted in Columbus, Indiana.

Police said the children’s biological mother, Christina Williams, was taken into custody Monday night in Brown County on drug charges unrelated to the Amber Alert.

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