Amber Alert canceled for missing Missouri children

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Samuel Padron (left) and Genesis Padron (right)

UPDATE: The Amber Alert has been canceled after the children were located safely in Miami, Oklahoma, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol. The suspect is in custody.

UPDATE: Oklahoma Police say the grandmother and vehicle were located in Stroud.

The mother and children are believed to be in a different vehicle – a cream Kia Soul with an unknown Oklahoma registration.


McDonald County, Mo. — The Missouri State Highway Patrol is looking for Samuel Padron, 4, and Genesis Padron, 8.

According to MSHP, Hilda Melendez is suspected of kidnapping the children. The suspect is a non-custodial parent that MSHP says assaulted the female watching the kids and took the children with her. The Highway Patrol also believes the suspect’s mother, Betty, is also in the vehicle with them.

MSHP said they are possibly heading to Mexico and recent statements made indicate that the children are in danger.

The vehicle the Highway Patrol is looking for is a red 2009 Ford Flex. The license plate number is: RA1J1L.

This is a developing story.

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