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Amber Alert issued for a boy in western Montana

Tyran Bancampen was abducted by his non-custodial mother
Posted: 7:24 AM, Aug 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-22 11:44:01-04

MISSOULA — (UPDATE, 9:42 a.m.) Idaho State Police say that the child has been found and is safe; the Amber Alert has been canceled. No other details have been released at this point.

(1st Report, 7:24 a.m.) An Amber Alert was by issued the Montana Department of Justice early Thursday for a 7-year-old Montana boy who authorities said was abducted by his mother.

Authorities in Mineral County said Tyran Ban Campern was abducted by his non-custodial mother, 43-year-old Lanetta Mellstead.

According to the MT DOJ, Lanetta "incapacitated the child's father and is considered a direct threat to life of child."

Mellstead is 5'5" tall, weighs 140 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair; the Amber Alert does not contain a photo or description of Tyran.

Authorities are looking for a 1996 black Ford Explorer with Montana license plate 54-0676B.

The pair may be in Sanders, Missoula, Lake or Flathead counties in Montana or possibly in Shoshone, Bonner, Kootenai counties in Idaho.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Mineral County Sheriff's Office at 406-822-3555 or 911.

The Idaho State Police issued a statement noting the Amber Alert is also in place for Kootenai, Shoshone, and Bonner counties.

ISP reports the child was taken from Deborgia and that a cell phone was last pinged in the Western Montana or Idaho area.

The pair are possibly traveling westbound, according to ISP.

ISP further states in a news release that Mellstead "incapacitated the custodial father and took 7 year old son. Mother abuses drugs and is considered a direct threat to life of this child."

The Idaho State Police have issued an update saying that the Amber Alert is being issued statewide and that the suspect is possibly headed to the Nampa, Idaho, area. Earlier, ISP noted that the Amber Alert was in place for Kootenai, Shoshone, and Bonner counties.