One of the first AMBER Alerts in 2009 was issued and then later cancelled after a police standoff. The children were abuducted by their father who was a suspect in a triple homicide. He allegedly killed his ex-wife and two other victims prior to fleeing with the children.
An Amber Alert has been canceled for two children authorities thought were headed to the Tampa Bay area with their father.
The father, 45-year-old Richard Douglas Heatwole, may have killed three adults, possibly while his children watched, said Lt. Ross Dillingham with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina. The bodies, including the body of the children’s mother, were found in Candler, N.C., Thursday afternoon, but Dillingham said it is not yet known when the deaths occurred.
Authorities found Heatwole and the children in Heatwole’s cousin’s home on Ode Kerley Road in Alexander County, N.C., early Friday morning, WSOC-TV reported.
Heatwole killed himself during the standoff with authorities, the station said.
On October 1, 2006, Edwin Sanches Gonzalez was allegedly abducted by his father Jorge Sanchez-Aguilera from Siler City, North Carolina. Sanchez-Aguilera and accomplices allegedly entered the child’s home while armed with handguns, bound adult occupants, and fled with the child. Edwin remains missing.