A man charged with kidnapping his son and taking him from Seattle to a South Pacific island is back on U.S. soil, the FBI said Monday.
Jeffrey Hanson, 46, was brought to the U.S. Sunday by members of the FBI’s Seattle Safe Streets Task Force. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday afternoon on a charge of international parental kidnapping in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, according to the FBI.
Hanson and his son, Billy Hanson, 9, were found Wednesday in Niue, an island in the South Pacific.
Billy had been staying with his father in Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle. The boy was due to be returned to his mother in Pennsylvania on Sept. 4, but Billy never boarded his flight home, the FBI said.
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 local, state, federal and international agencies to locate Billy in Niue, a small island east of Tonga in the South Pacific.
“We are grateful to law enforcement authorities in Niue for their exceptional efforts in finding Billy Hanson and taking Jeffrey Hanson into custody,” Special Agent-in-Charge Frank Montoya Jr. of the FBI’s Seattle field office said in a news release.