JC child found safe in Atlanta

The Jefferson City child who authorities had issued an endangered person alert for has been found safe in Atlanta.

Jack Randolph had last been seen in the 1100 block of Jefferson Street around 12:20 p.m., Sunday.

Just after 10 a.m. Monday, Jefferson City police detectives received word that Jack Randolph had arrived at his grandmother’s home in Atlanta. Atlanta law enforcement responded to the grandmother’s residence, and confirmed Jack to be safe.

This case started when Jack Randolph's family told authorities he was with his biological father, Kerry Randolph of Jefferson City, and Jack’s mother received information that the Mr. Randolph planned to take the child to Atlanta. According to the mother, the father did not have legal rights to take the child, although no court order could initially be found at the time to confirm this information.

An endangered child advisory was issued, and information was developed that Mr. Randolph may be taking the child to Atlanta to see family. Detectives were able to make contact with family in Atlanta, who had no knowledge that Mr. Randolph was planning to visit. In addition, any attempts to contact Mr. Randolph were unsuccessful, as he had apparently turned off his cellular phone. Family members in Atlanta were cooperative with law enforcement requests for assistance

The investigation as to potential criminal matters is ongoing, as a determination regarding specific civil and criminal issues must be examined to determine what course of action will follow.

EARLIER COVERAGE

The Jefferson City child who authorities had issued an endangered person alert for has been found safe in Atlanta.

Jack Randolph had last been seen in the 1100 block of Jefferson Street around 12:20 p.m., Sunday.

Details of how he was found will be made available later, according to authorities.

EARLIER COVERAGE

Jefferson City police issued an endangered person advisory Sunday night for a two-year-old child.

Jack Randolph was last seen Sunday afternoon. He is a white male with brown hair and brown eyes.

A possible key suspect in this case is Kerry M. Randolph, a white male, 36, six feet tall, 160 pounds, with dark brown hair, brown eyes, fair complexion and last seen wearing a black and orange hooded sweatshirt and jeans. Also believed to be involved is Lucas Diehl, a white male, 26, 5-feet-7, 140 pounds, unknown color hair with blue eyes.

Authorities are looking for a white 1996 Cadillac El Dorado with Missouri license plate WB7X6A.

The incident that led to the advisory occurred at 1127 West Main St. at 12:20 p.m. Sunday. Kerry Randolph texted the child’s mother, and asked if he and a friend could take the child to Atlanta, Ga.

Authorities said Kerry Randolph is possibly under the influence of alcohol and has a possible mental disorder.

Anyone with any information related to this case should call 911 or contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Jefferson City Police Department at 573-634-6400.

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