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Mineral Co. boy found safe, Amber Alert cancelled

Child taken from Mineral County
Posted: 6:26 AM, Aug 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-22 18:30:29-04
Amber Alert issued for Western Montana boy

The child who was the subject of a Thursday Amber Alert in Montana and Idaho has been found.

Idaho State Police report that the Mineral County Sheriff's Office has located Tyran Ban Campen who was abducted by his non-custodial mother, 43-year-old Lanetta Mellstead.

A news release states the child was found safe along with the vehicle sought in connection with Amber Alert.

Meanwhile, Montana authorities say Mellstead has been taken into custody and "Mineral County thanks everyone for their assistance."


(first report)

An Amber Alert was issued early Thursday for a 7-year-old Montana boy authorities said was abducted by his mother.

Authorities in Mineral County said Tyran Ban Campen was abducted by his non-custodial mother, 43-year-old Lanetta Mellstead. She "incapacitated child's father and is considered a direct threat to life of child," the alert states.

Mellstead is described as a 43-year-old white female, who is 5'5" tall, weighs 140 pounds with green eyes and brown hair. Authorities are looking for a 1996 black Ford Explorer with Montana license plate 54-0676B.

NOTE: The Amber Alert does not contain a photo or description of Tyran

The pair may be in Sanders, Missoula, Lake or Flathead counties in Montana or Shoshone, Bonner, Kootenai counties in Idaho.

The Idaho State Police have issued an update saying that the Amber Alert is being issued statewide and that the suspect is possibly headed to the Nampa, Idaho area. Earlier, ISP noted that the Amber Alert was in place for Kootenai, Shoshone, and Bonner counties.

ISP reports the child was taken from Deborgia and that a cell phone was last pinged in the Western Montana or Idaho area. The pair are possibly traveling westbound, according to ISP.

ISP further states in a news release that Mellstead "incapacitated custodial father and took 7 year old son. Mother abuses drugs and is considered a direct threat to life of this child."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Mineral County Sheriff's Office at 406-822-3555 or 911.