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Toddler found safe in Monroe after Amber Alert
MONROE, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- A missing 2-year-old boy is safe with his grandparents after a passerby led police to him and his mother in Monroe.
An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday night for Nolan Myers. His mother, 35-year-old Melissa Myers, took off with him from Centerville Wednesday night. She had reportedly threatened to harm herself and her son. She turned off her cell phone after talking with police.
Nolan was found safe early Thursday morning at the Best Western off of I-75 and State Route 63 with his mother. A McDonald's is next to the motel. A customer, Stephen Mattfield, had seen news of the Amber Alert and thought he recognized the lime green Ford Fiesta.
"That was easy. I mean you don't see too many green cars like that in a Ford Fiesta. I mean there was only one in the parking lot and it was green so it caught my eye right away."
Mattfield drove through the Best Western parking lot and he said his heart jumped when he saw the license plate. He called police and confirmed the plates, he had found the car. With police on the way Mattfield parked and decided to stay put.
"I did that just to make sure, you know, if she came out and drove off you know I probably would have followed just to be on the safe side. I don't know her story or the baby's story or whatever. But I just know it's the right thing to do when you have an Amber Alert."
Police found Nolan and his mother safe in a hotel room. His grandparents arrived and took him away in a car. They say he is healthy. Melissa Myers was taken into police custody.
While some may call Mattfield a hero, he says he just feels blessed in the wake of some personal misfortune.
"Me and my future wife, we just lost our baby last Wednesday, it was a miscarriage. It was hurting and this was like a reward to actually be able to save a child," Mattfield said.
Police say Myers is cooperating with them and it's too soon to say if she'll face charges. They are still investigating.