Child abducted from Atascadero homeless shelter

August 5, 2011

Jeremy Guthrie

A 4-year-old Atascadero boy was allegedly kidnapped from the Echo Shelter in Atascadero at about 4:30 a.m. on Friday.

Police issued an Amber Alert for Jeremy Guthrie after his mother discovered him missing on Friday morning.

Guthrie was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and blue spider man underpants. He is 3 feet 5 inches tall, 33 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police suspect Annette Hale, 53, of taking the child and leaving on foot. Hale is Hispanic, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Hale has a long criminal history.

Hale, who was also utilizing the shelter for the night, is not related to the child and possibly left the shelter at 4:30 a.m. when a door alarm sounded.

Anyone with information on this incident should call the Atascadero police department at 805-461-5051.

Annette Hale


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GREAT NEWS – They found Jeremy. He was spotted with his kidnapper this morning at 5:30AM on San Anselmo/El Camino Real and they just found him in the same area about 20 minutes ago! She must have been hiding there with him.

Obviously, we’re all hoping for the best.

Meantime, I’ve always been concerned about that homeless shelter being so close to the high school and apartment buildings that house quite a few children – if you don’t know, the shelter is in the Baptist church at the entrance to the H.S. football field.

Pervs in the van with surfboards? Apparently I’ve missed something!

It was on CCN a week or so ago. It was in North County. There was a red VW van with two surfboards on top that was cruising a neighborhood and trying to get these young kids to get in the van.

I was disapopinted on many levels. First, that pervs are cruising the streets in broad daylight trying to pick up kids.

But also because, in the day I had many a surfer boyfriend. They were all a little distant (other priorities, namely surfing), but not pervy at all.

“Guthrie was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and blue spider man underpants.”

WRONG?? I received three reverse 911 calls this morning. The boy is wearing a camel shirt not camouflage according to the reverse 911 calls. He is wearing blue pants and is possibly carrying a Spiderman blanket.

I also heard on two different amber alerts (Atascadero PD and CHP) that it was a camel shirt, blue shorts and spidey blanket.

Either way, he’s probably had his clothes changed unless the perp is not smart.

This is starting to sound like the Amber Alert Version of Clue.

Why can’t they get the description straight?

OMG how horrible! I hope he’s okay. What a sick Bit@h.

We do not know if she is guilty – though I will be the first to agree with you should she prove the one responsible for the abduction.

You’re right, I shouldn’t jump the gun, I get a bit peeved when others do. I did talk with a cop right after they caught this lady. He told me it was a stranger abduction but he didn’t give me any more details.

5 feet 4 inches tall, 200 pounds!!!!!!!!!!! Bit of a blimp… And stealing a child; I hope the cops find her before someone like me does.

OMG, This woman is a stranger ! Initially, I thought she must know and care about the child. This is scary, we have to find this child.

Check all the fast food and donut shops. It’s obvious she can’t make it far without visiting one of those places.

I am offended by your assumption that short people can’t resist donut shops and fast food…please apologize!

First the pervs in the van with surfboards and now this?

Is there some time of perv vortex forming over Atascadero?