EPD: Missing child found with registered sex offender

EPD: Missing child found with registered sex offender
Published: Jul. 2, 2022 at 4:51 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Police say a missing child that authorities had been searching for since around noon Saturday has been found safe.

According to the Evansville Police Department, officers were sent to the 4400 block of Washington Avenue in response to a report of a missing 7-year-old child.

EPD officials say the mother told officers that she believed the child was possibly with a 53-year-old man, who’s a registered sex offender in Vanderburgh County.

That man has been identified as Willie Henderson Jr.

Willie Henderson Jr. Mugshot
Willie Henderson Jr. Mugshot(Source: Vanderburgh County Jail)

Police say the child and Henderson are not related and did not have permission to be together.

According to police, images were taken from flock safety cameras in Vanderburgh County of the suspect riding his motorcycle with the child on the back.

Officers were then able to use this information to find the child and detain the suspect.

The child has since been returned to his mother.

Henderson is currently facing a kidnapping charge.

His bond is set at $7,500.

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