Missing twin Kason Thomas has been found, safe, in Indianapolis
A 5-month-old baby was found at an Ohio airport Tuesday, but another remains missing after disappearing with a stolen car late Monday, police said.
Kyair Thomass was recovered safely at a Dayton airport around 4:15 a.m. local time Tuesday, hours after the Columbus Police Department announced two kids were taken with a black, four-door 2010 Honda Accord.
The infant’s twin brother, Kason Thomass, remained missing Tuesday afternoon, Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant said at a press conference.
Police named Nalah Jackson as a suspect.
“Nalah Jackson, I plea to you, please return Kason Thomass,” Bryant said at the press conference. “We thank you for returning Kyair. You’ve already shown us you can do the right thing. You can return him to any safe location.”
“We can even pick him up,” she continued. “Just call us and tell us where you are and where Kason is. No questions asked.”
The car was reported stolen before 10 p.m. Monday after the twins’ mother went inside a Donatos Pizza store to pick up a Door Dash delivery, Bryant said. Employees identified Jackson as a “homeless female” who left the restaurant when the mother entered.
There’s no indication Jackson had previous ties to the children or the mother, Deputy Chief Smith Weir said.
“We consider this child to be in danger,” Smith said at Tuesday’s press conference. “That’s why we are expending the resources we are, and we are asking for the community’s help. This is a cry for help.”
An Amber Alert was issued at 1:37 a.m. Tuesday for Kason, whom the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children described as an “abducted child.”
“Ideally, we would’ve loved to have [issued the alert] 5 minutes after the incident occurred,” Bryant said. “Those are some of the things we have to talk about.”
The car disappeared near the Short North arts district of Columbus, police said. The missing car didn’t have a license plate, according to officials.
Police say their investigation has involved checking more than a dozen addresses with connections to Jackson, whom officials say is from Columbus but has ties to Dayton. Her criminal record includes several misdemeanors, police said, without specifying the offenses.
Previous charges against Jackson include endangering children, according to court records reviewed by the Columbus news station WCMH-TV.
Following the recovery of Kyair, Columbus Police said investigators were searching the area for Kason and the vehicle. Cops urge anyone with information about Jackson or the baby to call 614-645-4701.
“The vehicle is missing the front bumper and has tinted windows with a ripped temporary tag that starts with the letter ‘M,’” Columbus Police wrote in an update Tuesday. “The stolen vehicle also has a ‘West Side City Toys’ Bumper sticker.”