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Missing Teen Found in Cincinnati

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Police did receive many tips from the community regarding this case.
After four days of searching, those tips finally paid off.

When a child is kidnapped, the first 24 hours of the investigation are vital.
This was the case for local fifteen year old Ailene Lander.
After being taken from the Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan police turned to the FBI for help.

“When someone kidnaps a child out of a medical center you have to think the worst, even though it may be their parents but not custodial parents.” FBI Detective Edward Hanko said.

One of those non-custodial parents, turned suspect, is Lander’s step-father, Charles Dean Partin.
Police say he is the man who actually took Lander from the hospital.
After that, they claim Partin and Lander's mother, Julie Bethke loaded up the teen and her five siblings and hit the road.
One stop, Texas, where a pastor says he paid for their gas. The next stop...

“He then traveled with his wife Bethke and five other kids to the Cincinnati area.” Hanko said.

Even though those vital 24 hours had passed, officers were closing in on the run-away family.

“We received a tip he was at a residence on grand avenue.” Hanko said.

That residence belongs to Partin's ex-girlfriend.

"A detective contacted me and then an fbi agent contacted me and let me know what was going on so i kept my ears and eyes open to know where he was at and when he showed up here that's when i contacted them." Partin’s ex-girlfriend Christina Covert said.

“And we followed that up with a surveillance. Once we confirmed he was indeed there, we gathered our swat team together.” Hanko said.

And that's when police arrested Partin and Bethke.
A conclusion that Dothan police officers say was a joint effort.

“There was a continuous flow of info coming in from the community the media and from concerned citizens that wanted more information, wanted to know what they should be looking for.” Dothan Police sergeant Rachel David said.

Both Partin and Bethke will be extradited back to Alabama.
Officers say all six children are now in child protective services.


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