URGENT: Kentucky man who kidnapped 3-year-old, 16-year-old may have been spotted taken kids into woods in California, police say


A Kentucky man charged with kidnapping his 3-year-old son from Tennessee and his 16-year-old niece from Kentucky has been spotted in California, police say. At last update, officials believed the victims and suspect may have been in northern Michigan.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert for Noah Clare, 3, and Amber Clare, 16. Both have been missing since Nov. 5 and 6 respectively.

On Wednesday night, The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shared new photos of Noah Clare with Jacob Clare, accompanied by who they believe to be Amber Clare. These were taken by a surveillance camera in San Clemente, California on November 11th. This is the first time since they’ve disappeared that detectives been able to definitively place Amber Clare with Jacob.

BACKGROUND: On November 7th, Noah’s mother reported to the Gallatin Police Department her ex-boyfriend, Jacob Clare, failed to return their three-year-old son at the conclusion of a scheduled visitation. On November 8th, the boy’s mother applied for an emergency motion to suspend parenting time, which the court granted, along with a temporary restraining order. Gallatin Police soon secured a warrant, charging Jacob Clare with one count of Custodial Interference, after which the TBI issued a Tennessee Endangered Child Alert for Noah Clare. On November 16th, following ongoing investigative work and the addition of a charge of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, the TBI issued a Tennessee AMBER Alert for Noah Clare. An AMBER Alert for Noah also remains active in Arizona, along with an Endangered Missing Advisory issued in California.

Since learning of Noah’s disappearance, law enforcement has worked to pursue any and all investigative leads in hopes of finding him. Those efforts partly show that Jacob Clare, on or around October 30th, purchased a silver Subaru Legacy from an individual on Facebook Marketplace. On November 7th, license plate readers in Arizona spotted the vehicle traveling on Highway 95, near the Bill Williams Bridge. Several stickers placed on the back of the vehicle had been removed, and the vehicle had been fully loaded with clothing, camping gear, and other items.

On November 13th, a tow company in San Clemente, California impounded the vehicle and, after learning about it on November 16th, law enforcement secured and processed any evidence that might prove helpful in generating additional investigative leads. At this time, authorities are pursuing any and all leads that may point to a location or direction of travel that could lead to a quick resolution.

Noah Clare has brown hair and blue eyes. He stands 3’5”, weighs approximately 40 pounds, and was last seen wearing grey sweatpants, a camo shirt, a black jacket, and black shoes. Jacob Clare is 35 and has brown hair and blue eyes. He stands 6’7” and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He is also wanted by the Beaver Dam, KY Police Department to face charges of Kidnapping and Custodial Interference.

If you see Noah or Jacob Clare, or have information about their whereabouts, please contact 911, the Gallatin Police Department at (615) 451-3838, or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. Tips may also be emailed to [email protected].

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