AMBER ALERT UPDATE: Endangered children located safe in South Dakota
UPDATE 4:00 P.M. – According to Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin, the children were recovered at the Glencoe Campground, around five miles east of downtown Sturgis.
“They had gotten to their car and were going to leave, but there was a traffic stop made. They were both taken into custody without incident,” Sheriff Merwin said. “The kids have been taken to and placed with DSS and everybody is good. Very quiet stop and Canada is very happy. I talked to them today and they were totally impressed that with the rally going on, they said. I think it was within ninety minutes of the alert going out we had them in custody.”
William Dukes of Scottsdale, Arizona was there shortly after the family was apprehended at the traffic stop.
“We actually saw the mother being pulled out of the back of the sheriff’s vehicle first. She had handcuffs on and then they put more shackles and chains on her,” Dukes explained. “The next thing they did was pull the boyfriend out of another sheriff’s vehicle, and they did the same thing to him, handcuffed him and shackled him up.”
In a release sent out Wednesday afternoon, The Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced collaborative efforts to bring the children back to Canada.
“Law enforcement and child welfare agencies for South Dakota and Saskatchewan are working collaboratively to return the children safely back to Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan RCMP has been advised the children are safe and appropriate resources and supports are being provided.”
They also expressed their gratitude to American law enforcement, including Meade County Sheriff’s Office, and all of the resources that helped locate the children safely.
UPDATE 7:50 A.M. — The Meade County Sheriff’s Office reports the children have been recovered safely and the suspects taken into custody. MCSO credited teamwork with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the Sturgis Police Department for the successful conclusion of the investigation.
SOUTH DAKOTA — The safety of 7-year old Luna Potts and 8-year-old Hunter Potts is believed to be endangered and there is an order in place to return the custody of the children to Canadian authorities.
Luna and Hunter Potts are believed to be travelling with their non-custodial mother, Leah Potts, and her companion, 50-year-old Benjamin Moore. The vehicle they are possibly traveling in is a dark blue Chevy Equinox with the Canadian license plate CGC 2492.
The children are believed to have traveled to South Dakota.
If you have seen these children, suspect or vehicle, immediately call 1-306-780-5563. South Dakota Amber Alert advises the public not to take action to rescue the children.