BOISE - A Boise boy who police say was kidnapped by his mother more than a year ago has been found in Central America.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Max Gian Alcalde was found in the last two weeks, traveling with his non-custodial mother in Nicaragua. Max Gian and his mother, Margaret Sanchez Mejia Dunbar-Alcalde were taken into custody by US officials, working together with local police in Nicaragua.
The case unfolded in Boise in November 2008, when police say the then-seven-year-old boy was dropped off at school by his father. The FBI says he was officially reported missing in December.
Boise Police said at the time the boy's father and Dunbar-Alcalde had divorced earlier in 2007. They said she had picked him up from school without authorization, and later disappeared.
Police alerted the media and said at the time detectives were worried the boy and his mother had left the area.
Acting on new information received in recent weeks, the FBI and the US State Department began working together with Nicaraguan officials to track the pair down on March 26th. Officials travelled to Chinandega where they found the boy.
He was later reunited with his father.
The FBI says Dunbar-Alcalde agreed to return to the US voluntarily to face charges - that process is now underway.
Max Gian's father Marco told NewsChannel 7 that he is "overjoyed" by the reunion.
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