citizen credited with spotting Noah and Amber Clare on California beach, calls 911 | Sumner County

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Noah and Amber Clare were found identical Thursday morning and Noah’s father Jacob is in custody after being spotted near a California beach by a mother taking her child to school.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office credits Julia Bonin with the information that led to the tracking of Noah and Amber at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, north of San Clemente, Calif., Where Jake Clare’s car was put in. pound.

“Positive results don’t happen without residents,” Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Bonin was taking her son to school when she spotted what looked like Noah Clare walking along a path on the beach. She says she dropped her son off at school, went back for a photo and called 911. She said she saw pictures of Noah, Jake and Amber Clare on social media and that she knew what to look for.

Julia Bonin took a photo of Jacob, Amber and Noah Clare walking along a sidewalk in Doheny Beach State Park in Dana Point.

“You just have to trust your gut and your gut to do these things because I almost didn’t act on them,” Bonin said at the press conference. “I was driving my son to college and saw the three people I had seen on social media.

“There was a blurry image of them and it was pretty much the same image. She was holding the little boy’s hand and he had a shovel in the other hand, and the father was much taller, and I was struck by the fact that he had a hat, sunglasses and camo pants . It was surprisingly similar to the image shown.

The video shows Noah and Amber Clare moments after Jacob Clare’s arrest.

Bonin said she saw them walking along the path around 8:40 am.

Amanda Ennis, Noah’s mother, said her luggage was ready and she was ready to find Noah, who went missing on November 7 when he did not return home after a scheduled visit with Jacob. Clare in Kentucky.

“The detectives said they’re trying to figure this out. They don’t know if they’re bringing the kids back here or if we’re going to steal there,” Ennis told News4 after learning that Noah and Amber had been found. “He said wait for the call. Our bags have been wrapped for days.”

Bonnie Krpata, the mother of Jake Clare and the grandmother of Noah and Amber, is delighted that they have been found unharmed.

“Yes, because God hears my prayers, and I hope it will be as soon as possible,” Krpata said of his reunion with his grandchildren.

Krpata begged her son to get Amber and Noah home safely when she spoke to News4 on Wednesday.

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Amber Clare was reported to the Beaver Dam, KY Police Department on November 5 as a fugitive minor. Amanda Ennis reported Noah’s disappearance to the Gallatin Police Department on November 7 when he was not brought home by Jacob Clare after a scheduled visit.

Additionally, on November 7, the TBI said license plate readers in Arizona took a photo of the car Jacob Clare purchased from Facebook Marketplace on October 30. The car was spotted on Highway 95 in Parker, Arizona.

Gallatin Police are asking the public for assistance in locating a Kentucky man in connection with the missing person case.

On Tuesday, the TBI elevated Noah’s disappearance to Amber Alert. Law enforcement learned that day that the car Jacob Clare was driving was impounded on Saturday, November 13 after being parked at a shopping mall in San Clemente, California. New photos have also been released showing the three in San Clemente. These are the images Bonin saw leading up to Noah and Amber’s discovery.

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“I have my own kids and I would like someone to do the same,” Bonin said. “I would have regretted it if I hadn’t turned around.

“I know mom is probably looking forward to hugging her baby.”

Barnes praised Bonin for calling 911.

“People see something and say nothing,” Barnes said. “She did everything right. It couldn’t have been better and I don’t think about Julia enough. is now with you on the go! Get the latest updates and videos, 4WARN weather forecasts, weather radar, special investigation reports, sports headlines and more from News4 Nashville.

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