An Arizona woman who disappeared with her 1-year-old son — allegedly to avoid sharing custody with her ex-husband — has been found in California after four months on the run, police said.
Madeline Jones, 19, was on the run with her son William Jones-Gouchenour when she was detained without incident by a U.S. Marshal’s task force in Ramona, Calif., police said.
Madeline and William both disappeared in mid-June, allegedly to avoid sharing custody with the child’s father, Jacob Gouchenour, who had been granted joint custody.
A family friend who had been living at the Jones house told police she dyed Madeline’s hair and saw her looking at a website called “How to Disappear.” She also said she saw William dressed up “in a dress with a bow in his hair” just before Jones and her son went missing.
Madeline allegedly told the friend and another family member she was going to take a “vacation” with her child, according to a probable cause statement.
Madeline Jones’ mother, Cassandra Jones, was seen at a bank making withdrawals totaling $2,640 before her daughter disappeared, and she later told police Madeline left with $2,500 cash in her pocket, according to the report.
The City of Mesa Police Department wrote on Facebook that Jones and her son were located on Oct. 2. Child Protective Services took custody of the child, and Jones was detained, police said.
William has been reunited with his father who was granted full custody during the disappearance.
The 19-year-old’s parents, Roland and Cassandra Jones, were arrested in late September in connection to the disappearance of their daughter and her baby.
Mesa Police said the couple “withheld information and gave false and misleading statements” to detectives.
Roland Jones faces two charges of false reporting and custodial interference, and Cassandra Jones faces one count of false reporting and custodial interference, according to Maricopa County Court press releases.
Madeline Jones is currently being held in Santee, Calif., pending extradition back to Arizona, Steve Berry of the Mesa Police Department said in an email.
She will face charges for custodial interference for keeping William from his father.
“This was great work by the detectives who left no stone unturned to find Madeline and William,” Berry said.