UPDATE: Kidnapped Alabama teen safely recovered

(KYTX) - The Alabama teen kidnapped by her stepfather has safely been recovered.

Early this morning, agents from the FBI took Charles Dean Partin and Julie Ann Bethke into custody in Ohio. 

15-year-old Ailene Mariz Lander, and the other five children kidnapped, were all safely recovered. 

Police are not releasing many details at this time as the case comes to a close, but they say a full press release with a lot of details with be released Monday.

UPDATE: Law Enforcement have determined that the van being occupied by Charles Dean Partin is a  STOLEN 2003 Green Toyota Sienna. 

Partin was last seen in the East Texas/ west Louisiana area.  Partin is still traveling with seven people (including victim) and a dog. 

It is believed that Partin is still seeking charitable contributions for subsistence and may be staying at State Parks or campsites.



UPDATE (September 21, 2012 KYTX) - FBI:

The latest investigative information indicates it is highly likely they are in East Texas, traveling with the victim and her 5 siblings. 

The latest update – We have recovered the original vehicle, the van used in the kidnapping.  It was recovered in Alabama.  This means it is important to put out that they are no longer using that vehicle, and now may be driving a blue, green, or blue-green Toyota Minivan in and around the roadways of East Texas.  

No other description of that car is available at this time.   Updated investigative information also indicates the victim, 15 year old Ailene Lander, may have dyed her hair blonde. 

The sightings indicate they are traveling as a family, 2 adults and 6 children, so the attached family photo may be the best one to put out on your screen.  Sightings also indicate that they may be seeking hand-outs or charitable assistance at area churches or other charities. 

Please advise the public that any sightings should be reported immediately, via 1-800-CALL FBI, that's 1-800-225-5324, and choose option one.



UPDATE Dothan Police Department:

On 09/17/12 Ailene Lander was kidnapped from Southeast Alabama Medical Center by her Step-father, Charles Dean Partin. This occurred at approximately 1:00 PM. They were last scene leaving in a blue 1994 Mercury Villager minivan with Alabama tag 34B26K3. Lander was last seen wearing a see through white shirt, with pink gym shorts. Partin was last scene wearing a dark shirt and dark blue jeans. Lander's mother, Julie Bethke may also be accompanying them. If you have any further information please contact 1-800- CALL FBI (1-800-225-5324) and choose OPTION ON.  A Reward is now being offered in this case. 




Dothan Police Department:


DOTHAN, ALABAMA (KYTX) - The Dothan Police Department responded to a report of a kidnapping at 1108 Ross Clark Circle, Southeast Alabama Medical Center, a local medical facility at 1:05 p.m. Upon arrival, police spoke with an employee of Department of Human Resources who reported the incident. The DHR worker stated she transported 15 year old AILENE LANDER to the medical center for an appointment. While at the office, the worker and Lander were approached by the victim's step-father, CHARLES PARTIN. Partin took her to a van and exited the parking lot. A van was stopped by Dothan Police leaving city limits however it has been determined it is NOT the suspect. 

Many details are being gathered at this time, early leads are being followed and further inquiries regarding the juveniles' care being given by DHR are part of the ongoing investigation. At this time it is too early in the investigation to reveal any other details which investigators are working to gather at this time.

Viewers/Listeners are asked to report anything relating to this case to authorities immediately. The descriptions are as follows;

VICTIM: Abducted from a medical facility; Ailene Lander, white female fifteen years of age, wearing a white shirt and white/pink shorts. Landers' hair color may have now been altered to appear blonde. In addition to the immediate danger her abduction has placed her in; authorities are not disclosing Landers' privileged medical information but have confirmed information obtained during this investigation suggests the victim may also be in medical danger.

SUSPECT: Charles Partin AKA "DEAN", white male thirty-six years of age, wearing a baseball cap, dark colored shirt and dark jeans. Charles Partin, is a truck driver with carpentry skills.@ He has previously been convicted of Motor Vehicle theft. Both Charles Partin and now Julie Bethke currently have active warrants for arrest for their participation in the abduction.

VEHICLE: Believed to have fled the scene and immediate area in a two-tone light blue over dark blue 1994 Mercury Villager older model Van but may LIKELY HAVE DISCARDED THIS VEHICLE AND MAY BE driving a Blue, Green or Blue/Green Toyota Minivan.@ No other descriptors available.

MOST RECENT INTELLIGENCE REGARDING POSSIBLE LOCATION: Information developed in this case shows the suspect and victim are very likely located in East Texas or Western Louisiana. (Border Patrol Agents are monitoring all US Border Crossing Locations at this time).

MOST RECENT INTELLIGENCE REGARDING POSSIBLE ESTABLISHMENTS SUSPECT MAY ENTER: Information developed in this case shows the suspect is very likely seeking and may be entering charitable organizations for subsistence.


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