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Millcreek father’s search to return home his 6-year-old son

Nov 09, 2020 02:54PM ● By Kirk Bradford

Mother Emily Jolley and missing Millcreek 6-year-old son who were located in Oregon after Jolley allegedly kidnapped the boy during a supervised custodial visit. (Unified Police Department)

By Kirk Bradford | [email protected]

Last month, Millcreek father Timothy Butler told local news outlets he was searching to return home his son. Butler is the legal guardian of the 6-year-old boy. For several years the boy has been cared for by Butler and a partner. An Amber Alert was issued reading, “Police seeking 6-year-old taken by his possibly ‘dangerous’ mother.”

Local law enforcement agencies, the FBI and police here and to the west looked for the young boy, since it was believed his mother could be driving with him to Washington State.

Butler’s son was last in Millcreek attending a supervised custody visitation with his mother, Emily Jolley. Law enforcement explained the situation saying, “Jolley distracted a visitation official supervisor before exiting with the boy.”

The boys first six years of life where described by his father. Butler said, “it’s been a long road of legal and emotional battles between the mother yet his only goal was to have a healthy co-parenting relationship.” 

The mother made allegations of Butler being abusive during their custody battle, but Unified Police have confirmed, they found those allegations to be untrue.

After four long grueling days of coordinated policing by the UPD, FBI and Lincoln County, Oregon, the UPD announced, “We are happy to announce that the missing Millcreek 6-year-old boy has been safely located in Coos Bay, Oregon,” via a tweet from Unified Police Department who also stated in a follow-up tweet, “Emily Jolley has been taken into custody. Thank you for all the help! This is still an active investigation, so we are unable to release additional details, but wanted to inform the public, who has been extremely helpful in providing and sharing information in this case, that he has been found safe.”

The boy was traveling through Oregon with his mother and one of her “sympathizers” named Bonnie Jackson. The two were identified with boy in Oregon and both will now be facing charges.

“Through investigative measures, detectives from the UPD were able to provide potential locations of the suspects with whom the child was presumed to be,” said the UPD released statement. “As a result of an investigation conducted by the Coos County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with UPD, the suspects, 43-year-old Emily Jolley and 56-year-old Bonnie Jackson, were located at a residence on Broadway Street in North Bend, along with the child. The child was found unharmed and in good health.”

The child was taken into protective custody by the Coos County Sheriff’s Office. Jolley and Jackson were arrested and incarcerated at the Coos County Jail. “The alleged federal crime of abduction and kidnapping of a minor and taking him across state lines from the state of Utah and the Utah state crime of custodial interference are both third-degree felonies,” UPD reported. Coordination between states and the boy’s father eventually returned the boy safely back in Millcreek and home safe with his father.