(CNSNews.com) – Law enforcement officials reported that 5-year-old Cameron Serafin of Fairfax, Va., allegedly abducted by his mother nearly 10 days ago, was located in Las Vegas, Nev., today.
Cameron’s mother, Rebecca Serafin, 32, is in police custody, held as a fugitive from justice, and reportedly will be extradited to Virginia from Nevada. The boy’s father, Joe Serafin, is flying to Las Vegas this evening to be reunited with his son.
According to ABC-7, “a citizen recognized Rebecca and Cameron from a news report” and they “were located Wednesday after police received a credible tip.” The tip had led to a hotel where police identified the boy and his mother on a surveillance video. Authorities then located the pair at another hotel nearby.
Social media such as Facebook and Twitter apparently were helpful in spreading the news about the missing boy. Before Cameron was found, Fairfax County Police Spokesman Don Gotthardt had said, “We’re looking for nationwide coverage and obviously social media is a way to get that done.”
The boy was supposed to have been returned to his father by his mother on Monday, Apr. 8, as part of the child custodial arrangement. But she and the boy had disappeared and police believed, correctly, that she was traveling with the boy and maybe using the name Rebecca Love.
Police also believed she had altered her appearance and that of Cameron to try to avoid detection.
Because Rebecca Serafin crossed state lines with Cameron, a felony warrant for her arrest was issued last week.
Cameron’s father, Joe Serafin, told CNSNews.com last week that Cameron frequently wore a red sweat shirt, and he was seen on a security camera at the baggage claim area at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on Apr. 11 wearing a red hooded sweat shirt.
Joe Serafin said that Rebecca Serafin had taken the boy once before, in July 2011, and traveled to California. A Fairfax County judge has granted emergency temporary full custody of Cameron to his father, said Joe Serafin.