AMBER ALERT UPDATE: Non-custodial mother and two children now believed to be on foot

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Samuel Padron (left) and Genesis Padron (right)

UPDATE 4:15 A.M. — The AMBER ALERT has been canceled. Both children have been found safe in Miami, Oklahoma. The suspect is in police custody.

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it has found the second vehicle and believes the mother and children are now on foot in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.


MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo.– The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Samuel and Genesis Padron are now expected to be in a Cream Kia Soul with 35-year-old Hilda Melendez.

MSHP says the children’s grandmother and a 2009 red Ford Flex, the car that was originally the focus of the Amer Alert, have both been found.

That Kia Soul is expected to have been registered in Oklahoma.


MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. — The Missouri State Highway Patrol is looking for Samuel Padron, 4, and Genesis Padron, 8.

According to MSHP, Hilda Melendez is suspected of kidnapping the children. The suspect is a non-custodial parent that MSHP says assaulted the female watching the kids and took the children with her. The Highway Patrol also believes the suspect’s mother, Betty, is also in the vehicle with them.

MSHP said they are possibly heading to Mexico and recent statements made indicate that the children are in danger.

The vehicle the Highway Patrol is looking for is a red 2009 Ford Flex. The license plate number is: RA1J1L.

This is a developing story.

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