Ft. Myers mom reunited with son after kidnapping - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

Ft. Myers mom reunited with son after kidnapping

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

FT MYERS, FL (AP) - Three-year-old Luke Finch is back with his mom after his father kidnapped him Saturday.

Update, WED 9:30 AM: A Coast Guard ship brought Finch back into the arms of his mother Tuesday. Police say the child was snatched by his dad during a court-supervised visit in Cocoa Beach Saturday.

The Coast Guard found the father and son 140 miles offshore of Fort Myers in a sailboat. "I think. I'm seeing him just like you are. I think he's okay," said Luke's mom. "I thank God that I have my little boy."

The father, Paul Marticainen, had limited custody of Luke because he was under investigation for child abuse and domestic violence. He is now in the custody of the FBI.

Previously: A Palm Bay man and his son he is accused of abducting have been found safe. Authorities say the Coast Guard found Paul Martikainen and his 3-year-old son Tuesday morning aboard a sailboat. No further information was immediately released.

Police had said that witnesses reporting seeing Martikainen and his son, Luke Finch, get in a 32-foot sailboat at a St. Petersburg marina on Saturday. A missing child alert was issued for the boy, whom Martikainen is accused of taking during a supervised visit.

Martikainen's SUV was located at the marina.

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