Billy Hanson, the 9-year-old boy who was taken from a Seattle marina by his father in early September, has been located in Niue, an island in the South Pacific, according to the FBI.
Billy’s family has been notified and authorities are working to reunite Billy with his mother, the FBI said Wednesday. His father, Jeffrey Ford Hanson, 46, was taken into custody by Niue authorities. Officials are working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on the extradition process to bring him back to the U.S.
Billy was last seen with his father on Aug. 30, according to the FBI. He had been staying with Hanson, 46, at Shilshole Bay Marina and was due to be returned to his mother in Pennsylvania on Sept. 4. Billy never boarded his flight home.
Hanson is a “known drug abuser,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and authorities said after Billy went missing that they were concerned for his safety. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Hanson on Sept. 12 after he was charged with international parental kidnapping.
The FBI and the Seattle Police Department worked with multiple local, state, federal and international agencies to locate Billy in Niue, a small island east of Tonga in the South Pacific.