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Abducted boys found unharmed

June 18, 2008|Ruben Vives

Police said two children who were abducted by their father over the weekend in Sunland were found in Mexico on Tuesday morning.

LAPD Sgt. Rudy Alaniz of the Foothill Division said the two boys, Diego Ortega, 5, and his brother, Luis, 3, were unharmed and in good condition. Alaniz said their father, Jose Luis Ortega, 27, was still at large. He is also wanted in the shooting of his estranged wife.

Diego and Luis were abducted Sunday afternoon. They were being dropped off at Ortega's home in the 10400 block of McBroom Street for Father's Day. The parents started arguing, then Ortega shot his wife multiple times, police say. Ortega then fled with the two boys in his black 1998 Ford Ranger.

An Amber Alert was issued that afternoon. Deputies from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department found the vehicle in Lancaster later that evening.

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