A British Columbia boy who was allegedly abducted by his mother more than six years ago has been found near Phoenix, Ariz. Valor Howell was three years old when he went missing from Grand Forks, B.C. in December, 2004.
Allegedly abducted seven years ago in Grand Forks, B.C., has been found with a woman in Chandler, Ariz. Valor Heath Howell, now 10, and the woman were located in a Chandler laundromat after police were called about a woman creating a disturbance. The woman, believed to be the boy's mother. When police arrived and questioned the woman, they found out she is connected to a missing child report and the child with her is the victim. The boy was first reported missing on Dec. 1, 2004, in Grand Forks, which is close to the U.S. border and about 350 kilometres east of Vancouver. Authorities had reported then that he may be in the company of his mother, Jamie Howell. Howell, 51, was arrested Sunday by Chandler police on charges of disorderly conduct, the report said. She remains in custody. The boy's father, Garrett Taylor, of Kamloops, B.C., told CBC News he is delighted to hear his son has been found. "It's quite amazing — pretty exciting for everybody," said Taylor in a telephone interview. "It's hard to put into words. It's a prayer come true." Finally a happy ending to a long awaited victory.