Nathan Slinkard, who at the age of five was abducted by his mother during a nasty custody battle, has reunited with his father for the first time in 18 years.
On Tuesday, the now 23-year-old man was back home with his father, Steve Slinkard, about a week after he walked into the United States Consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico, identified himself and asked to come home to the U.S., the Associated Press reported
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In October of 1995, the then five-year-old Slinkard, along with his seven-year-old brother Andrew and three-year-old sister Sydney, went missing from their home in Greenfield, Ind.
According to police, the children's mother, Trena Slinkard, refused to bring them home, despite a court order that the children live with their father. The father was in the process of filing a motion seeking full custody at the time.
Slinkard's siblings remain unaccounted for. However, according to the 23-year-old, both are alive and healthy. He refused to reveal their whereabouts, police say.
Steve Slinkard was reportedly caught off guard when he saw his son, who he remembered as a blonde boy. Slinkard now walked toward him as a man with a full head of dark hair.
"It took about 5 seconds. I was like, ah, yeah, I remember that little face," Steve Slinkard told the Greenfield Daily Reporter
During their reunion, Slinkard showed his father a picture he had been carrying of the two of them before he was taken by his mother in 1995.
"I thought that they were probably kept away from my pictures, but it doesn’t sound like it," Steve Slinkard said. "We’ve got quite a few years to go through. I’m just glad he’s home."
As for his other two children who he hasn't seen in 18 years, Steve Slinkard said, "That would be great to see everybody, and I hope to someday."
"I love them, and I miss them, and I hope that they know I never gave up," Steve Slinkard added.
According to Lt. Ted Munden of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department, the last local investigator in the case, there remains a state warrant out for Trena Slinkard's arrest. However, he added that police "would be more than happy to drop that warrant if they wanted to come back."
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