Children found safe after Amber Alert issued in Johnson County


JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Two children have been found safely after it was reported they’d been abducted Monday.

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

Police said paperwork was filed before the holidays giving 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.

Rader is described as a 40-year-old man with brown hair, brown eyes, approximately 5′ 7” tall, weighing 150 lbs.

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

In addition to looking for the father, police said they are also looking for the children’s biological mother, Christina Williams. Williams has several drug-related warrants, not connected to Monday’s Amber Alert.