Canyon County

Nampa children, focus of Amber Alert, found safe north of Portland

An Amber Alert, issued Wednesday for two Nampa children reportedly taken by their father, was canceled about five hours later after the children, father and vehicle were located in Cowlitz County, Wash.

Joshua Reavis, 31, was stopped by the Washington State Patrol just north of Portland, Ore., Nampa police reported. The children, ages 2 and 3, are safe and Reavis was taken into custody without incident, Nampa police Sgt. Joe Ramirez said.

According to the Washington State Patrol, at around 2:37 p.m. (3:37 p.m. in Idaho), a motorist on I-5 in western Washington called 911 to report she was behind the Idaho Amber Alert vehicle. The caller stated she heard the Amber Alert description on the radio. She reported her location as northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 46 approaching Castle Rock, Wash. A Castle Rock police officer and Washington State Patrol sergeant located the van and conducted a traffic stop.

Joshua Reavis was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail and the children were taken to Child Protective Services in Longview.

Reavis is being held on a charge of custodial interference, Ramirez said. The children will be returned home to their mother, he said, but the time frame for that return was not immediately available.

An Amber Alert was issued shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday for Estaleyn-Ophelia Reavis, 2, and Slevin Reavis, 3, describing Joshua Reavis and the van he drives.

Their mother, Reavis’ wife, reported the children were last seen Monday, Ramirez said. According to the Amber Alert, she had told Reavis earlier in the day that she wanted a divorce, and he was distraught. Ramirez and the Amber Alert reported the house was trashed and all of the children’s belongings and camping gear were taken.

Usually when police get these types of calls about children taken by parents, the case is sent to a prosecutor for review. But because of the described circumstances, the children were considered to be in “imminent danger,” said Ramirez.