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Abducted Man Identified After Being Found in Minnesota

Posted at: 01/11/2013 5:47 PM

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Authorities have identified a 24-year-old man recently discovered living in Minnesota under an assumed name nearly two decades after his grandparents abducted him from Indiana.
    
The Todd County Sheriff's Office says Richard Wayne Landers Jr. now lives in the small central Minnesota town of Browerville under the name Michael Jeff Landers.
    
Indiana State Police announced Thursday that Landers had been found. Police said Landers' paternal grandparents took him because they were upset over custody arrangements.
    
Documents show Landers changed his name in 2006.
    
Minnesota officials say the grandparents, Raymond Michael Iddings and Susan Kay Iddings, verified Landers' identity.
    
Charges against the grandparents were dismissed in 2008 because the case had gone cold. The Minnesota sheriff said the case will eventually be forwarded to federal prosecutors for possible charges.

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