Abducted Indiana boy found nearly 20 years later in Minnesota

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

An Indiana boy that went missing nearly two decades ago has been found living under pseudo name in Minnesota. After a long period of uncertainty and grieving, the boy’s father is speaking out.

In July of 1994, Richard Wayne Landers Jr. was abducted from his LaGrange County home. Police announced on Thursday, Jan. 10 that Richard, now 24-years-old, is living in the small town of Browerville, Minnesota under the name “Michael Jeff Landers.”

According to Indiana State Police, Landers was abducted in the summer of 1994 by his paternal grandparents during a custody dispute in Wolcottville, Indiana. Police say the grandparents have verified the identity of the man as one-and-the-same as the missing boy.

Landers has an established life in Minnesota, documents show that he changed his name in 2006, and he is currently married and expecting his first child.

His father, Richard Landers Sr., who moved from Wolcottville to Kendallville, Indiana, says he always believed he would see his son again.

“We've always just kept it in the back of our minds that we believe we were going to see him again. Until I actually get to walk up and say hello to him again, I don't know it's going to be real,” said Landers Sr.

The grandparents were charged at the time of the abduction with misdemeanor interference with custody. Those charges were dismissed in 2008 when the case went cold.

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