2nd of Indiana man's 3 children abducted by their mother in 1995 returns from years in Mexico
GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — The second of three children abducted by their mother and taken to Mexico in 1995 has returned to Indiana for a reunion with this father.
Andrew Slinkard, now 25, is back with his father’s family in Greenfield, according to relatives. His arrival in recent days comes six months after his younger brother, Nathan, walked into the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara and asked to return to Indiana.
Deb Slinkard-Pomeroy said her nephews are doing well and that the family never gave up hope they would return.
“This is a dream come true for us, but one that we truly were not sure would ever come to pass,” she told the Daily Reporter.
Nathan Slinkard was 5, his brother Andrew was 7, and their sister Sydney was 3, when they went missing in October 1995. Authorities say their mother, Trena Slinkard, failed to return the children to their father despite a court order giving Steven Slinkard full custody in their divorce.
Police searched for the Slinkard children for years. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Trena Slinkard, but it was eventually dropped in hopes it would encourage her to bring the children back to Greenfield, which is about 20 miles east of Indianapolis.
Hancock County Sheriff Mike Shepard said the hope is that Sydney Slinkard, now 21, will follow her brothers.
“Hopefully, they will communicate with her everything is fine. Kept it private, kept it low-key. So hopefully, she will return, also,” Shepard told WTHR-TV.
Slinkard-Pomeroy said Nathan has been busy over the past six months obtaining his driver’s license and passing the exam to obtain a graduate-equivalency diploma. He plans to start at Ivy Tech Community College later this month to study nursing.
Andrew is studying to take a driver’s test and take the exam to for his GED as well, so he can also pursue higher education, she said.
“They are adjusting well to their new lives with us,” she said. “We are all trying to get to know each other again, filling in gaps missing from our lives over the years.”