According to La Grange police, Edgar Gutierrez, 40, has unsupervised visitation of his children Alex, 10, and Ethan, 6. He picked them up on Friday, May 29, for the weekend. He was expected to return the children to their mother on Sunday at a McDonalds's in La Grange, but never showed.
The children's mother filed a missing persons report with the La Grange Police Department Sunday night. His sisters want their brothers to know they searching for them.
"I just want them to know, we're looking for you. You do belong here with us. Don't be scared, cry out for help," said Eunice Gutierrez. Maria Olguin, the boys' mother, said Gutierrez had threatened to take the boys to Mexico after she took a domestic violence order against him.
La Grange police tracked Gutierrez to Brownsville, Texas just before 9 p.m. Sunday night. He was last tracked across the border in Mexico.
Brownsville Police issued a warrant for Gutierrez for two counts of kidnapping, felony custodial interference and endangering a minor.
According to family members, both of the missing boys are citizens of the United States and do not speak Spanish. Eunice said, she remembers the feeling of being in an unfamiliar country and with an unknown language because she immigrated to the United States years ago.
"I was 7. I was Ethan's age. It's really scary," said Eunice. "We love you and we just want you back in our arms,"
The family will now have to file an application with the Hague Convention to get the children back from Mexico. The treaty was designed to protect children from abduction across international boundaries. The Gutierez's will submit the application to the Mexican government and then a judge will decide where the children will reside. They are asking for assistance from anyone who has completed this process in the past: Euniceg05@gmail.com.
The family has set up a fundraising account to help their mother get to Mexico to fight to get Ethan and Alex back to the United States.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations, INTERPOL, U.S. Customs and Immigration and the Brownsville Police Department are all assisting La Grange police in the search.
Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the La Grange Police Department at (502) 225-0444 or Oldham County Dispatch at (502) 222-0111.
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