THE LATEST: The Amber Alert has been canceled. Both boys have been found safe and have been turned over to police in Salem, Ore., Joint Base Lewis-McChord reported at 1:39 p.m.
Police in Salem have arrested the father. The boys will be returned to their mother at the base later today.
Military officers and FBI agents are investigating.
FBI spokesman Fred Gutt said the children were located a relative’s home in Salem. The father was being held on suspicion of violating his wife’s restraining order. He’s also facing possible federal charges.
Local law enforcement authorities are searching for a man who’s suspected of taking his two children from Joint Base Lewis-McChord this morning.
The Amber Alert information is going out now to area law enforcement officials.
According to that information, the father, identified as Alan Ray Fish, took his two children – 4-year-old Dylan and 5-year-old Reuben – from the base at 6:45 a.m. today.
He left the base and headed southbound on Interstate, Fort Lewis military police reported. The children are believed to be in danger, authorities reported.
Fish, 35, has blue eyes, blonde hair and is balding. He is 6 feet 4 and weighs 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark T-shirt and blue or black jeans. He’s believed to be driving a silver 2002 Honda Element with Oregon license plates. (The plate number was not been released.) It was last seen heading south toward Oregon.
Dylan Fish is 2 feet 5, weighs 50 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. Reuben Fish is 3 feet tall, 55 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. Both boys are described as Filipino and were wearing two-piece pajamas featuring a star and spaceship pattern.
Here’s the link to the Amber Alert. No photos of the boys or Fish have been posted.
Anyone with information is asked to call 253-967-7112 immediately.
UPDATE: The brothers were living on base with their mother, who is a soldier assigned to 4th Squadron, 6th Air Cavalry Regiment, according to JBLM officials. Their father is not a service member.
UPDATE 2: The boys’ mother obtained a temporary restraining order against Fish on Tuesday. She claimed she was a victim of domestic violence during their six years of marriage, according to court documents.
“It became normal to me so I never really cared much anymore,” the woman wrote in the petition. “I have called the cops about 6 times.. and only filed a report once. I stopped filing reports because I end up having to get him out of jail and I can’t afford it. Also, at the end of the day, I always have to rely on him on transportation and child care so I can keep my job.”
The order, filed in Pierce County Superior Court, requested that Fish stay away from his wife and their boys, her home, her workplace and the boys’ daycare. It also requested that she be granted custody and that Fish not be allowed to take the boys out of state.
A hearing on the protection order is scheduled for March 30.