Search Underway for Missing 3-Year-Old Boy Abducted in North Carolina
An urgent search is underway in North Carolina for a 3-year-old boy believed to have been abducted by a woman from Stanly County earlier this week.
The Stanly County Sheriff’s Office has issued a plea to the public for help locating 3-year-old Jasper O’Ryan Creese, who authorities say was taken by 33-year-old Charity Walters Creese.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Jasper O’Ryan Creese is a 3-foot tall white male, weighing approximately 27 pounds. He has blonde hair and brown eyes. The missing boy is only 3 years old.
Charity Walters Creese, the suspected abductor, is described as a 33-year-old white female, standing at 5’2″ and weighing 195 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.
Deputies say the woman and child left a residence in Albemarle, North Carolina and were traveling in an unknown direction. Albemarle is located about 40 miles east of Charlotte.
The vehicle the pair left in is a 2011 dark grey Acura RDX with North Carolina license plate number 654-0SB. Distinctive stickers on the back of the car include anime characters, a peace sign, and the phrase “Save the Honey Bees.”
Stanly County Sheriff’s detectives are urgently seeking sightings of either the missing boy Jasper, the suspected abductor Charity, or the dark grey Acura SUV.
Anyone who sees anything related to this case is urged to immediately call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-984-2312 or dial 911.
Amber Alerts are used in the most serious child abduction cases in North Carolina when police believe the child’s life is in danger. By rapidly spreading information about the missing child and suspected abductor, Amber Alerts help mobilize communities to be on the lookout.
So far, an Amber Alert has not been issued for 3-year-old Jasper O’Ryan Creese, but the situation is being closely monitored. The Sheriff’s Office said it will provide updates if more information becomes available.
Child abductions involving someone the child knows, often called parental kidnappings, are quite common according to statistics. But that does not lessen the urgency or danger of this case, authorities emphasize.
The FBI says that in 90% of missing children cases, the child is abducted by a family member, typically in a custody dispute. For parental abductions, the other parent is usually not alerted that the child was taken.
Whether it turns out to be a stranger abduction or parental kidnapping, the top priority right now is ensuring young Jasper’s safe return. The unknown direction of travel and lack of alerts to the boy’s family raise major red flags.
With each passing hour, concern grows for both Jasper’s safety as well as the intentions of the woman who took him, Charity Creese. But officials are hopeful the distinctive stickers on the suspect vehicle will help generate sighting reports from the public.
The Stanly County community is rallying behind the search efforts and hopes for positive news soon. Getting the word out quickly and widely gives law enforcement more eyes around the state looking for the little boy and his abductor.
Anyone with any information at all regarding 3-year-old Jasper O’Ryan Creese or suspect Charity Creese is implored to immediately contact the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office at 704-984-2312 or call 911.