Archive for Friday, September 26, 2008

Missing Franklin County kids recovered in Osage City

Two children have been safely recovered tonight after an Amber Alert was issued earlier this evening.

September 26, 2008, 6:13 p.m. Updated September 26, 2008, 9:36 p.m.


Jesse and Heyley Jewell

Jesse and Heyley Jewell

Julie Ann Makepeace

Julie Ann Makepeace

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Two children who law enforcement suspected were abducted from Ottawa by their noncustodial mother were recovered Friday in Osage City.

Earlier in the evening, the family's van, a green Chevrolet van, was recovered in Wellsville.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office issued an Amber Alert at 5:45 p.m.

The alert was issued for Heyley Jewel and her twin brother, Jesse Jewell, 2. Police suspected 32-year-old Julie Ann Makepeace, their mother, who is forbidden to have custody of the two children.

Makepeace reportedly said Friday evening that law enforcement would have to find her if they want to keep her children away from her.

During a press conference in Ottawa on Friday night, Ottawa Police Captain Randy Allam said a judge issued a temporary court order earlier Friday granting custody of the children to their father. Police believe when Makepeace learned of the court order, she fled with the two children.

Police also confirmed that an offense report was filed earlier in the week, accusing Makepeace of physically abusing one of the children in her custody. In a separate incident, police said she's also suspected of interfering with parental custody.


bearded_gnome 9 years, 9 months ago

there is a Makepeace listed in lawrence.

Brandi Simpson-Glover 9 years, 9 months ago

I used to play BINGO in Ottawa with her on Tues. or Thurs. nights......this is weird

bearded_gnome 9 years, 9 months ago

kudos Jonathan! quick getting this up, description and pictures! bravvo!

olmsted78 9 years, 9 months ago

i know where Franklin Co. is, but for the folks who may not, a little map display might be very informative in conjunction with this type of announcement-- especially given the urgency and importance of localesthanks

bearded_gnome 9 years, 9 months ago

thank God the kids are okay. sounds like Mom's on the run! ***big difference between ottawa county and ottawa city! jeeeeez! suppose mom's out negotiating a book deal?

redfred 9 years, 9 months ago

At least the JW had it right. I live in the west part of the state and our news comes from Wichita. They were saying the kids were taken from Ottawa County which is north of Salina!!

Chris Ogle 9 years, 9 months ago

Family issues are complex. But why do the kids have to be the real victims?

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