LAUREL COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – A semi-truck driver was one of the first callers to report a missing New Albany man and two children walking along the shoulder of Interstate 75.
The driver notified law enforcement Tuesday when he saw Michael Mann, 34, carrying his two children, Macy, 5, and Madden, 3, north of London, Kentucky. They were reported missing after failing to arrive at their destination on a trip to Versailles.
"He had one on the hip and he bent over to pick the other one up," Thomas English said. English said he noticed the family around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday near mile marker 49. "I remember seeing on the news the guy was missing and his children, so I thought it may be them. It's unusual to see anyone on the side of an interstate and it's dangerous," English said.
English said Mann was wearing, "A pair of dark shorts and a camouflaged jacket with the hood up." Troopers said the children were dressed "appropriately."
Soon, a KSP lieutenant picked up the family and drove them to KSP's London post for observation. They were about eight miles north of the KSP post.
"The children were fine. We had EMS come check them out," Trooper Lloyd Cochran said. When asked where the family slept since their vehicle was left abandoned, Trooper Cochran said, "It's not known exactly, but we're estimating it was somewhere in the woods."
On Monday, KSP found the family's Kia van along I-75 with the key still dangling in the ignition. Troopers said there was plenty of gas in the vehicle. Mann left New Albany Sunday with his children and told family members he was heading to his mother's home in Versailles. They never made it.
"There was a suitcase laying beside the vehicle, a few clothes near it on the ground," Trooper Cochran said.
Troopers said Mann may suffer from a mental condition. He was transported to a treatment facility in Southern Indiana. The children are in good health and with their mother.
KSP will not file charges against Mann because troopers said he did not have criminal intent. However, New Albany police may file charges against Mann in Indiana.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:46 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:46:12 GMT
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