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Northeastern Indiana boy abducted in 1994 found in Minnesota

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Richard Wayne Landers as a child. Richard Wayne Landers as a child.

An Indiana woman whose son was abducted 19 years ago was "jumping up and down" after learning he'd been located in Minnesota living under a different name.
 
Richard Wayne Landers Jr. was 5 years old when he was abducted by his paternal grandparents during a custody dispute.
 
Indiana State Police said Thursday the now 24-year-old man was found in Long Prairie, Minn. His grandparents were living nearby under aliases and confirmed his identity.
 
Richard Harter says his wife, Lisa, was "jumping up and down in joy" when she learned in recent days her son had been found. Harter says she's "the happiest woman on earth."
 
Police say Landers is married and expecting his first child.
 
He was located in October after Harter gave his stepson's Social Security card to investigators.

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A boy abducted from northeastern Indiana by his paternal grandparents 19 years ago has been located living married in Minnesota.

Indiana State Police said Thursday that Richard Wayne Landers Jr. was abducted July 29, 1994, from Wolcottville, about 35 miles northwest of Fort Wayne, during court proceedings over his custody.

Police say a man with the same Social Security number and date of birth but a different name was located in October in Long Prairie, Minn., and the grandparents, living under aliases in nearby Browerville, Minn., confirmed his identity. Long Prairie is about 100 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

Felony charges of interference with custody against the grandparents were dropped in 2008.

ISP Sgt. Ron Galaviz says an attorney for Landers' mother was working to reconnect her with her son.

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