Kidnapped Atascadero boy found safe
August 6, 2011
After an extensive search, Atascadero Police located missing 4-year-old Jeremy Guthrie in a vacant building and returned him to his mother at about 5 p.m. on Friday.
Police suspect Annette Hale, 53, who is not related to the boy, kidnapped him from the Echo Shelter at the First Baptist Church in Atascadero at around 4:30 a.m. on Friday.
Hale and the boy’s mother had spent time together while staying at the shelter. Police suspect the kidnapping was sparked by an argument between Hale and the boy’s mother.
Shortly after receiving a phone call from someone saying Jeremy was waiting in a vacant building at the old Ford dealership at 3905 El Camino Real, police found the boy unharmed and wearing the same clothes he had on when he was abducted.
A short time later, police discovered Hale at a nearby business hiding in some bushes.
Police booked Hale into the San Luis Obispo County Jail where she was charged with felony kidnapping. Her bail is set at $1 million.