Police probe kidnapping that led to a multistate manhunt

Staff Writer

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Asheville police are working to unravel a kidnapping of two young boys that led to a multi-state manhunt and four arrests.

The investigation went into high gear late Sunday morning when a state-wide Amber Alert was issued for the 1-year-old and a 3-year-old boys last seen in Asheville. In less than three hours, the boys were found safe in nearby Swannanoa.

Later that day, the Asheville police department announced the arrests of four people, including three taken into custody in Jackson County, Georgia.

Three were charged with kidnapping, and one was charged with child abuse.

Investigators have declined to say anything about the motive or much about the suspects' relationship to the children. Asheville Police Department spokeswoman Christina Hallingse said in an email she couldn't comment further.