ST. JAMES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana State Troopers rescued two abducted children from North Carolina, according to a state police spokesman.
The two missing North Carolina teenagers are in the process of being reunited with their family Tuesday following an overnight collaborative effort between Louisiana State Police and law enforcement authorities in Winston-Salem, NC.
Police say a 15-year-old male and 13-year-old female were found with their their uncle, 40-year-old Jose Melchor, of Clemmons NC, while being unlawfully transported out of the country.
The search for the two missing teens in Louisiana began around 10:00 p.m. Monday as Louisiana State Police Troop B was contacted by the Winston-Salem Police Department in reference to the abduction.
Investigative efforts led authorities to believe that Melchor was traveling west on Interstate 10 through the New Orleans area while possibly headed to Mexico. Troopers took positions along the interstate route and located the group traveling in a 2004 Nissan pickup near the St. James / St. John the Baptist parish line. Both children were found to be unharmed and Melchor was taken into custody without incident.
Melchor was booked into the St. James Parish Jail on two felony counts of child abduction. He is currently waiting on extradition to North Carolina. The children were taken to a safe location and plans to reunite them with family members are being coordinated.