2010-09-18: Kidnap son convinces father to surrender


By Angela K Brown in Houston

Saturday September 18 2010

A 20-YEAR-old man who police say was abducted by his father 17 years ago during a messy divorce apparently read a newspaper article about his disappearance and persuaded his father to turn himself in.

Stephen Michael Palacios will soon be reunited with his mother, Dee Ann Adams, after almost two decades apart.

He and his father, Stephen Palacios Jr, went to a Houston attorney’s office on Thursday where the father surrendered to federal authorities. Mr Palacios Jr was being held yesterday on charges of interference with child custody.

Ms Adams, who remarried and has several other children, said yesterday that she was overwhelmed but happy. She declined to say when she planned to reunite with her son.


Police have not said where the father and son were living. But Mr Palacios Jr’s attorney, Paul Nugent, said his client “was motivated by what was best for his son.”

It was a story in a newspaper on August 29 that led to the break in the case, Ms Adams said. “I was told that Stephen Michael somehow saw the article in the newspaper and told his dad that he wanted to meet his mom,” she said.

Stephen Michael was reported missing on March 28, 1993, after a visit with his father, who was granted visitation rights when the couple, then living in Waco, divorced.

A warrant for custodial interference was issued for the father, and detectives tracked down several leads over the years, but to no avail.

– Angela K Brown in Houston

Irish Independent

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