UPDATE: Missing Suwanee Boys Found Safe in Texas; Dad Arrested

They were found at a hotel in Austin after a nationwide Amber Alert.


A prayer vigil for the Cleary brothers was planned for Sunday, December 30, at Suwanee Town Center Park, according to media reports.


The missing Suwanee brothers who were the subject of a nationwide Amber Alert were found Saturday in Austin, Texas, and their father is in custody, according to media reports.

Myfoxaustin.com reported that Ben Cleary, 9, and Henry Cleary, 7, were safe. Their father, Daniel Cleary of Roswell, was in custody and facing charges, according to Roswell Police.

Austin, Texas, police said a citizen recognized the boys from the alert and notified police at 6:11 p.m. Eastern time that they were at a hotel.

Officers "observed the suspect and the two boys, and recovered the two boys and took the suspect into custody," Austin police Lt. James Nisula.

Daniel Cleary faces a charge of interstate interference with custody, a felony. Roswell Police will discuss with prosecutors whether other charges will be brought.

The boys were reported missing December 23, after their father did not contact their mother the night before, according to custody terms. Earlier reports said they were spotted at a Walmart in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The boys' mother, Theresa Nash of Suwanee, had spoken to the boys by phone and was en route to get them. She told FOX 5 Atlanta they were "battling each other on their IPads and planning Henry's birthday party."

See also:

  • Amber Alert Update: Missing Suwanee Youths Spotted in Tennessee
Tammy Osier December 31, 2012 at 12:04 AM
I sure hope they were able to be discrete about arresting the dad. I have a feeling the boys had no idea that they were a part of a massive manhunt. Kids are always caught in the middle.
Steve Burns December 31, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Tammy, another story about this situation on this site will address that issue. Thanks for commenting.
electric123 December 31, 2012 at 09:32 PM
The media always want to portray the father as the bad guy there are two sides to every story.
Steve Burns January 01, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Charles, I understand your point. But Suwanee Patch accounts of this incident merely focused on law enforcement pursuit of a criminal suspect and two missing children. The stories did not concern any other issues.


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