UPDATE: 2 missing boys from Tangipahoa Parish found safe in Florida

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UPDATE: Deputies with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office say the two boys who went missing from Ponchatoula, La. on Tuesday, March 2 have been found safe by authorities in Florida, however the suspect accused of abducting them is still wanted by law enforcement, WAFB-TV reports.

An Ambert Alert was issued for the two children early Wednesday, March 3.

Deputies say the father of the two boys left his two children in his car momentarily Tuesday afternoon while he went to retrieve a tool from the shed located in the back of his home in the 41000 block of River Road.

Authorities say the boys’ biological mother showed up at the house, got in the car, and drove to Florida with the two children in the car.

The car was located in Florida with the children still inside, investigators say. The boys were placed into protective custody.

Deputies say the boy’s mother, Shawntel Heck, 38, fled on foot and is wanted.

ORIGINAL: TANGIPAHOA PARISH, La. (KLFY) – Louisiana State Police have issued an Amber Alert on behalf of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.

They are asking for assistance in locating two juveniles that have been reported missing.

Kaesyn Heck and Jax Matthews were last seen at their father’s home at 41598 River Road in Ponchatoula, La.

Kaesyn Heck, 8, is approximately 5′ tall, weighs approximately 60 lbs. and was last seen wearing a black jacket, a blue long sleeve shirt, jeans and black rubber boots.

Jax Matthews, 4, is approximately 3½’ tall, weighs approximately 45 lbs. and was last seen wearing a camo jacket and black rubber boots.


Both children have blonde hair in a “crew cut” hairstyle.

State Police say they may be riding in a 2013 Hyundai Elantra that is burgundy or red in color with a busted sunroof.

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The direction of travel is unknown.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sherriff’s Office at (985) 345-6150 and Sgt. Lindell Bridges at (985) 551-0653.

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