• Boy who disappeared from Olive Branch thought he was saving captors from suicide, father says

    By: Courtney Mickens , Tom Dees

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    WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Illinois - Investigators told FOX13 two suspects have been arrested in Illinois after a teen went missing in Olive Branch.

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    Juan E. Andrade, 30, and Jason St Aubin, 29, from Creal Springs, Illinois were arrested on August 7.

    Both suspects received a $555,555 bond for the charge of kidnapping and $55,555 for the charge of conspiracy.

    Officers said the 14-year-old boy went missing after he was messaging strangers on a gaming app.

    His parents later traveled to Illinois to pick him up after turning himself in to a local fire department.

    His father illustrated his emotions of seeing the suspects mug shots for the first time.

    "When I saw their mugshots, I thought I had seen the devil," the father said.

    He also told FOX13 he later found out that his son arranged to meet them about a block away from their home. The suspects met with the teen around 3 a.m., then he was lured away.

    "The people manipulated my son's mind for months. He thought he was saving them from suicide. He gave them advice on how to not kill themselves. He looked at himself as a hero," the father said.

    The teens father confirmed with FOX13 that he used the gaming app 'Discord' to meet the suspects.

    The father said media coverage forced his captors to let him go.


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