October 7, 2009 in Idaho

Police seek 2-year-old taken from Lewiston day care

Father believed to have taken boy
The Lewiston Morning Tribune

Investigators are searching for a 2-year-old boy believed to have been abducted by his father from Lewiston.

Charles W. Remacle, 39, reportedly took his son, 2-year-old Colin Matthew Remacle, from a day care last Thursday. The child was supposed to be returned to his mother at noon Saturday.

The two were last seen Tuesday morning at a Pendleton, Ore., motel. Police said the father is known to frequent the Wallowa, Ore., area.

Lewiston police detectives said they are concerned because Charles Remacle took his son without the mother’s permission from the Lewiston day care. The father is currently on misdemeanor probation, and police said there is also a protection order between Charles Remacle and the child’s mother.

“There are facts of the case that cause us concern,” Lewiston police Capt. Tom Greene said.

Charles Remacle faces the possibility of custodial interference charges because of the incident, police said, and the case is considered a felony because detectives believe he crossed state lines.

The child’s mother reported the incident to police on Monday.

Detectives said there was no indication Charles Remacle planned to leave the area prior to his departure, even for a short time, during a search of his home Tuesday. Police said Charles Remacle is possibly bi-polar and no medication appeared to be missing from his home.

Officers said they do not believe the child is in any danger.

“We’re concerned, but we don’t have any reason (to believe) that he would harm the child,” said Lt. Doug Clark with the Lewiston Police Department. Charles Remacle’s parenting plan required the child’s return by noon Saturday, and police said Remacle is in violation of that order. Officers were in the process Tuesday of issuing a warrant for his arrest.

The alleged abduction is being distributed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Police said it did not meet the criteria of an AMBER alert because of the amount of time that passed before it was reported to police.

Charles Remacle is described as 6 feet tall, 215 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Colin Remacle is described as 33 inches tall with blond hair and brown eyes.

Charles Remacle is believed to be driving a blue 1995 Nissan pickup with Idaho license plate N122410.

Police are asking anyone who may have information or who may have seen Colin or Charles Remacle to call the Lewiston Police Department at (208) 746-0171 or the department’s secret witness tip line at (208) 748-2746.

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