Family Of Missing Muskogee Teen Pleads For His Return


Sunday, March 16th 2014, 9:41 pm
By: News On 6


A Muskogee teen is missing and thought to be in danger after his dad took him from his foster family on Saturday afternoon, deputies said.

The dad's phone last pinged in Pryor, deputies are tracking what the dad is posting on Facebook, and that's leading them to Akron, Ohio.

The foster family said they don't care where they find the Muskogee teen, so long as he's found soon, because he cannot go long without his medication.

Merinda Corbett is begging her uncle James Powell to bring home his son Austin Powell, her 16-year-old cousin and foster child.

"I'm calling, and I've called like 30 times and no answer, like, at all," Corbett said.

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Merinda says James lost custody of Austin in January.

Now her home is Austin's home.

She saidJames has been visiting Austin daily, with supervision, in an effort to get his son back.

"He was doing everything he was supposed to do for DHS to get his kid back," she said.

During a Saturday visit and when the foster family wasn't looking, deputies said James took Austin.

"Austin had just gotten into the truck with his dad and they hauled crap out of here," she said.

Deputies say that because of Austin's mental state, the teen is in danger.

"He's 16, but his mind state is a 4 and 5 year old," Corbett said. "He has quite a few disorders, and if he doesn't have his medications, he could flip."

Deputies say James is still posting to Facebook, which could help find the father and son.

Merinda and her mom Tammy Bailey now have a message for James.

"Drop the kid off somewhere. Call us and tell us to go get him. Tell them, you know, he just had a mental breakdown, because I know that's what he had."

Corbett said she thinks James had a breakdown and doesn't realize the severity of what he's done.

The pair were last seen in a blue Dodge pickup with Oklahoma license plate number 182 FIY.

If you know where they are, you're asked to call 911.