Nathaniel, 9, was allegedly abducted by his father (right ). – National Gendarmerie

Nathael was found. This is the Deputy Prosecutor of Macon, Frédéric Jacques, who announced Saturday at a press conference in the premises of the gendarmerie in Charnay-lès-Mâcon. The nine year old boy, missing since Friday in Saône-et-Loire, was found in good health with his father in the Vaucluse in the abduction alert system;

The child and his father , who had kidnapped and had no right of custody, were found “in the Bédarrides area” near the home of the respondent, said the magistrate. Nathael’s father was arrested. A “kidnap alert” was broadcast on Friday evening, indicating that the nine year old boy abducted by his father Friday
 Romenay (Saône-et-Loire). The device had been extended in the night from Friday to Saturday “throughout the day August 20″ at the request of the police.


Nathael was kidnapped in the night from Thursday to Friday between midnight and 4am, “his father” in Romenay in Saône-et-Loire, announced the police. According to Europe 1, father, psychologically fragile, had kidnapped his son for the first time in 2012 in Vaucluse, in the context of a difficult divorce. The child was found three months later.

Didier Gerolt, the mayor of Romenay, rural town of 1,700 souls in the Bresse, said he did not know the child’s family . It is not “educated” in the town, which has only one school and where “we know all the children,” he said. For him, the boy was probably on vacation with relatives. His grandparents, great aunt then that would have given the alert, according to news reports. The child is domiciled in the south of France. But nothing is confirmed at this stage and the family background of the case is still vague.

Triggered 18 times

The “Abduction Alert” plan implemented in France February 2006 a massive warning system launched under the authority of the prosecutor over fifty broadcast channels (radio, TV, websites, station signs and highways, urban billboards, networks SNCF and RATP, 22,000 terminals of the French Games) to mobilize the population in the search for the abducted child and her abductor. Individuals can relay the alert via Facebook and smartphone applications.

It was triggered 18 times since its launch, the ministry of justice. So far, this system has proven effective in all cases to find abducted children. It is largely inspired by the map “Amber Alert”, created in Texas in 1996, following the kidnapping and murder of the little Amber Hagerman.

It is however activated if several criteria are met he takes out a kidnapping and not a single disappearance, the victim should be minor and physical integrity or her life to be in danger; information would be possible to locate the child. The last “abduction alert” dates back to July 6, following the abduction of a 4 year old girl in L’Isle-d’Abeau (Isère), recovered unharmed within minutes after triggering the alarm.