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More Information Released in Indiana Abduction Case

Richard Wayne Landers
Richard Wayne Landers, missingin.org

LONG PRAIRIE — Authorities are releasing more information on the abduction of an Indiana boy 19 years ago found living in Long Prairie.

A news release from the Todd County Sheriff’s Office says the grandparents were allegedly upset over where Richard Landers was to be placed by the court, took him and left their home.

Authorities placed Landers into several missing children clearinghouses and was considered a missing and endangered child.

The grandparents were charged with interference with custody. In 1999, the charge was bumped up to a felony. But, the charges were dropped in 2008 after neither the child, not the grandparents could be found.

Police ultimately used Landers’ social security card to track him down in Long Prairie living under a different name. The grandparents were found living nearby, also under different names.

The U.S. Attorney General’s Office will review the case for possible criminal charges.

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