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Ava, Mo. boy’s father surrenders to deputies after AMBER Alert Friday

Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 2:38 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 17, 2021 at 3:33 PM CDT
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AVA, Mo. (KY3) - The father of a child reported missing turned himself into the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office around 4 a.m. Saturday, several hours after an AMBER Alert was canceled in the investigation.

Chad Emmerson, 53, of Ava, Missouri, was booked into the Douglas County jail on a warrant for domestic assault, endangering the welfare of a child and several weapons offenses. He is being held without bond, according to a Facebook post from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Emmerson has not yet been formally charged, per Missouri court records.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol cancelled an AMBER Alert after locating the missing five-year-old-boy Friday afternoon. Deputies say the boy was returned by a third-party around 4:15 p.m. Friday.

Investigators say Chad Emmerson took his son, Craig, Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Investigators say he assaulted the child’s mother at a home off of Rural Route 2. They say he fired a shot inside the home. The mother told authorities the father said the mother would never see the child again.

Investigators say Craig was taken from his home by an older sibling while his parents were involved in an argument. It wasn’t until Friday morning that investigators realized how dangerous the situation could have been.

“Many times we see the children used as pawns and obviously in this situation,” said Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase. “The child’s gone from the home and so she was very terrified in giving additional information.”

Sheriff Degase says Douglas County deputies started filling out the paperwork to send out an Amber Alert. He tried to get in touch with Emmerson through phone calls and Facebook messages.

“We really didn’t establish contact with him until about the time the Amber Alert was going out,” said Degase. “Eventually we made agreements that he had someone bring the child actually to Seymour. I was able to meet that person in Seymour and get the child back to the mother.”

KY3 asked the Missouri State Highway Patrol about why there were not notifications on cell phones across the state when that alert went out. A MSHP spokesperson tells us it was a glitch between Troop F and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children. MSHP says they’re trying to resolve the issue for the future.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office announced Craig returned to his mother Friday afternoon, less than two hours after the AMBER Alert was issued, according to a Facebook post.

******RECOVERED******* The boy has been found safe and returned to his mother. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is still...

Posted by Douglas County Mo Sheriff on Friday, April 16, 2021

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ORIGINAL STORY:

The Missouri Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert for a missing five-year-old boy from Ava, Mo.

Investigators say Chad Emmerson took his son, Craig, Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Investigators say he assaulted the child’s mother at a home off of Rural Route 2. They say he fired a shot inside the home. The mother told authorities the father said the mother would never see the child again.

Chad Emmerson/Missouri Highway Patrol
Chad Emmerson/Missouri Highway Patrol(KY3)

Investigators say Emmerson is driving a 2020 Jeep Gladiator with a Missouri license plate SKU1LY. The license plate displayed is for a motorcycle. It may also have a Missouri license plate 4FD-R55. Investigators say he may be heading to Howell County or the Springfield area.

Investigators say Emmerson is driving a 2020 Jeep Gladiator with a Missouri license plate SKU1LY.
Investigators say Emmerson is driving a 2020 Jeep Gladiator with a Missouri license plate SKU1LY.(KY3)

If you see either of them, call 911.

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