Two children who were focus of Amber Alert in Florida recovered in Catoosa County
CATOOSA COUNTY —
Authorities in Catoosa County say they have recovered two children safely who were the subject of an Amber Alert out of Florida over the weekend.
1-year-old Mason Willams and 3-year-old Rylan Williams were the subject of a nationwide search after they disappeared from their home in Citrus County, Florida on Saturday.
The children were believed to be heading to Ohio or West Virginia with 38-year-old Stacey Willams and 29-year-old Ryan Williams. The traffic stop at mile marker 353 on I-75 in Catoosa County happened shortly before 11 a.m.
GSP Trooper William Dedmon saw the white SUV drive past him near mile marker 353.
"The driver was the subject that [was] included in the AMBER Alert," he said.
Dedmon identified the driver as Ryan Williams. And sitting in the seat next to Ryan? His wife, Stacey.
"We got them stopped. Interviewed them. They had warrants in Florida. We arrested the subjects," Dedmon added.
After Citrus County Sheriff's deputies found out about the arrest, they held a news conference.
"Scary thing that happened, but obviously something that ended on a good note and we were able to get the kids safe and sound which is awesome," said Captain Brad Smith.
And 500 miles away - a much similar feeling for Trooper Dedmon.
"It feels pretty good," said Dedmon as he choked back tears.
Police say Stacey Williams went to her kid's guardians' house and took Rylan and Mason without permission.
After GSP troopers arrested the couple, DFACS came to take care of the kids. They're also investigating.
Ryan Williams is charged with driver's license and tag violations and also for not having his kids in a car seat.
The Williams will be held in the Catoosa County jail until they're taken back to Florida.
We reached out to DFACS to find out why the Williams did not have custody of their children - but we have not heard back.
Police also have not said who is the children's legal guardian.