Amber Alert canceled for Montana boy

Child taken from Mineral County
Posted at 7:40 AM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 12:41:22-04

Update: The Amber Alert was canceled at about 9:40 a.m. Thursday. Authorities said the boy was located safely and the mother had been taken into custody. No other information was released.

An Amber Alert was issued early Thursday for a 7-year-old Montana boy authorities said was abducted by his mother.

Authorities in Mineral County said Tyran Bancampen was abducted by his non-custodial mother, 43-year-old Lanetta Mellstead.

Lanetta incapacitated child's father and is considered a direct threat to life of child," the alert states.

Mellstead is described as a 43-year-old white female, who is 5'5" tall, weighs 140 pounds with green eyes and brown hair.

Authorities are looking for a 1996 black Ford Explorer with Montana license plate 54-0676B.

The pair may be in Sanders, Missoula, Lake or Flathead counties in Montana or Shoshone, Bonner, Kootenai counties in Idaho.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Mineral County Sheriff's Office at 406-822-3555 or 911.

The Idaho State Police issued a statement noting the Amber Alert is also in place for Kootenai, Shoshone, and Bonner counties.

ISP reports the child was taken from Deborgia and that a cell phone was last pinged in the Western Montana or Idaho area.

The pair are possibly traveling westbound, according to ISP.

ISP further states in a news release that Mellstead "incapacitated custodial father and took 7 year old son. Mother abuses drugs and is considered a direct threat to life of this child."