SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. & BEAVER DAM, Ky. (WKRN & WEHT) The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations has reported that Amber Clare and her 3-year-old cousin, Noah Clare, have been found safe in San Clemente, CA. Noah’s father, Jacob Clare, is also in custody.
Investigators believe Noah’s father, Jacob, left Kentucky with him and his missing cousin Amber either late Friday, November 5, or early Saturday, November 6, to drop off the 3-year-old, but they never arrived in Gallatin.
On November 16, TBI upgraded the alert for 3-year-old Noah Clare to an AMBER Alert.
Later that day, the Subaru Legacy that was reportedly being driven by Jacob was found in California. Some of the items found inside the Subaru include packaged meals, instant milk, blankets, and clothing.
On Wednesday, photos taken by a surveillance camera in San Clemente last week were released. Officials said it was the first time since their disappearance they have been able to “definitively place” Amber with Jacob.
“You have to just trust your instinct and your gut,” said Julia Bonin, who was taking her son to school when she saw the Clares this morning
“I thought when I first saw them that there’s no way they’re still here,” Bonin recalled.
The instinct was still with her after driving another half mile to school, when she turned around and took a picture and called dispatchers.
“I have to make sure that I follow them and wait to find out if its them or not. 10-15 minutes later, I received another phone call to meet them where I was and was told they were in custody,” said Bonin.
The Clare children were found safe, and Jacob Clare was taken into custody. Lt. Tommy Phelps of Beaver Dam Police Dept. says Amber’s mom reported her missing, and that the family tried to cut off communication between Amber and Jacob months before her disappearance.
“They had cut off communication around July or August, and they were sneaking to do communication, that was borderline inappropriate information. Then we had the information that both cell phones had been shut off around the same time in order to prevent pings,” said Lt. Phelps.
Amber’s mom, Jamie Bravata, says the family was at a lost for words when they learned they were found and she can’t wait to hug her daughter again. Beaver Dam residents became at ease when the news got out late this morning.
“I mean, I’m just in awe. I’m so glad that they were found, and that they were safe and coming home to their families,” said Kendra Rudge, who works in Beaver Dam.
“I can’t imagine what this family is going through. You know, their daughter has been missing for some time and now that they’ve been able to find them, I know that’s a big relief for them,” adds Dennis Riley of Ohio County.
Lt. Phelps says Jacob Clare is wanted for kidnapping and custodial interference in Kentucky. Meanwhile, the Clare family is on their way to California to be reunited with Amber and Noah.
(This story was originally published on November 18, 2021)