SJBP authorities searching for non-custodial parent

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 15, 2009


LAPLACE – Authorities in St. John are searching for a former resident of the area who is accused of kidnapping her 2-year-old son from her ex-husband’s LaPlace home on July 3, said a spokesman for The St. John Sheriff’s Office

Capt. Dane Clement, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office, said deputies are looking for Michelle Buffington Tetlow, 29, a white female with brown hair and brown eyes. Clement said a warrant was issued for Tetlow on July 10 after her ex-husband, who was not identified, reported to police that she kidnapped his 2-year-old son.

Clement said according to a court order, the father of the boy has custody of the child, but the mother has visitation rights. The father told deputies that after a recent visit, Tetlow left his house with the boy in the early morning hours of July 3 and has not returned.

The boy is described as a white male with blonde hair and blue eyes. He weighs about 30 lbs. and is about 29 inches tall. Detectives believe Tetlow is somewhere in Aurora, Colo.

Anyone having contact with Tetlow or anyone who may know her whereabouts is asked to contact Det. Jerry Fountain at 985-652-9513, ext. 174.