An Arizona teenager was arrested in San Diego County, accused of hiding out with family members for months as her son’s father searched for her and their infant.
The teenager’s parents were arrested in the alleged conspiracy, according to one published report and thousands of people followed the case on social media.
Jacob Grouchenour was reunited with his son this week three months after they were last together. The reunion was captured on video and posted to social media.
The baby was found by law enforcement officers in Ramona with his mother Madeline Jones - the subject of a three-month search. The two disappeared from Mesa, Arizona.
“We just got great news, I just got a call from the police department, they found Maddy and William,” said Gouchenour in a Facebook Live. “William is with CPS, he’s well and safe.”
Jones, 19, is accused of running off with the boy when a judge granted Gouchenour joint custody.
The NBC station in Mesa, Arizona reported U.S. Marshals helped lead police to Jones who was at a distant relative's home.
Last month, Mesa police said they suspected Jones and her parents arranged the disappearance. Jones' parents, Roland and Cassandra, were arrested last week.
KPNX reports Jones was driven to California by a family friend in an attempt to keep the baby from his father.
Gouchenour got on a flight Tuesday morning from Utah, where he lives, to reunite with his son in San Diego.
“He’s coming home soon,” said Gouchenour. “Thank you so much for all your support.”
Jacob didn’t know what happened to his son for months and wasn’t sure if he would ever see him again
Over 10,000 people did their own detective work in the case through a group Facebook page.