Authorities looking for 6-year-old boy


Wednesday, July 10th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6



WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) _ Woodward County authorities want the public's help in finding a 6-year-old boy who has been missing for several weeks.

Logan Lynn Tucker was last seen the morning of June 23 at the home of a woman with whom he, his mother and 4-year-old brother had been staying, Sheriff Les Morton said Tuesday.

Morton said the boy's uncle called the sheriff's office Sunday requesting that law officers check on the boy because the child's grandparents had not been able to talk to him on the telephone for a few weeks.

Morton said Logan's mother, Katherine L. Rutan, had told conflicting stories of the child's whereabouts. Rutan told authorities her brother from West Virginia had picked up the boy from Woodward and took him back to West Virginia, he said.

However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation visited the uncle at his home and found no signs of the boy. The uncle said he had not been to Oklahoma in more than a year, Morton said.

Morton said Rutan allegedly had told friends and family the Department of Human Services had taken the boy on June 23, which is why the boy was not reported missing until Sunday. That's when deputies performed a welfare check, Morton said.

The woman's 4-year-old son is now in protective custody.

Morton said the child may have been abducted. His disappearance is considered a missing person case, Morton added.

An alert has seen sent to law enforcement agencies throughout the nation, he said.

Logan is about 3 1/2 feet to 4 feet tall and weighs about 42 pounds. He has blue eyes and short, blond hair.

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Anyone with information can call the Woodward County Sheriff's Department at (580) 256-3264.