Amber Alerts have been issued in Idaho and Nevada for three children who police say were taken earlier this month by a man wanted on child pornography charges.
Jason "Travis" Simon, 37, is believed to be on the run with his girlfriend, Sarah Joy VanOcker-Dunn, 36, as well as his 6-year-old son and her two kids, ages 9 and 10, Idaho state police said Monday.
After fleeing Caldwell, Idaho, on June 2, the family was last seen in Sparks, Nevada, on Sunday. They were spotted in Arcata, California, on June 8, according to police.
“All three children are believed to be in imminent danger due to the circumstances,” state police said Monday after issuing the alerts.
Simon’s son, Kadyn Simon, 6, has blond hair, brown eyes, and is 3-foot-4 and 40 pounds.
The family was last seen driving a gold 2006 Pontiac Montana with Idaho Plate 2CJN683. The vehicle is registered to VanOcker-Dunn's ex-husband, Jesse Dunn, state police said.
Police say the family was seen collecting camping equipment from an Emmett, Idaho, home belonging to VanOcker-Dunn’s parents around 5 p.m. on June 2. Shortly after, a third party provided authorities with evidence that Simon was creating child pornography, the Ada County Sheriff’s Department said in a release.
The Sheriff’s Department alerted the public about their disappearance shortly after. It wasn’t until Monday, however, that Amber Alerts were released.
State police said that the Amber Alerts came at the request of the Caldwell Police Department “after new circumstances arose in the investigation concerning the missing children,” they stated in their release.
In addition to Simon’s pornography warrants, VanOcker-Dunn does not have permission from her children’s father to leave the state with their kids, authorities said.