LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A missing 5-year-old Fairfax County boy who police say was abducted by his mother has been found safe and in good condition in Las Vegas.
Fairfax County Police confirmed Tuesday that Rebecca and Cameron Serafin were seen in the baggage claim area at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas around 10 p.m. last Thursday, after arriving on a Southwest Airlines flight from Birmingham, Ala.
On Wednesday, authorities received a credible tip as to the whereabouts of the mother and son from the Las Vegas area. A concerned resident recognized the pair from a story seen on local news. Detectives from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department were notified and responded to the hotel where the tipster had observed them.
Detectives viewed surveillance video provided by the hotel and confirmed Cameron and Rebecca’s identities. They later located them at another hotel close by.
Rebecca Serafin, 32, is being held as a fugitive from justice and will await extradition back to Virginia. Cameron’s father, Joe Serafin, is already making plans to travel to Las Vegas to be reunited with his son.
Police had been looking for Rebecca and Cameron for more than a week after Serafin failed to return Cameron to Joe’s custody on April 7 as scheduled.
Joe Serafin says he started worrying when he was notified on April 4 that his son had not been in school all week long. Serafin said he only found out about his son’s absence because he was calling the school, Forestville Elementary, to volunteer as a field trip chaperon.
He got increasingly worried when he didn’t hear from Rebecca Serafin on April 8, when she was supposed to drop the boy off with him. He then learned from the woman’s parents that she had told them she and the boy were going out of town.
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