Missouri woman charged with Friday child abduction in Columbia

Amy Richey

Columbia police are seeking help from the public in locating a Missouri woman wanted on two counts of child abduction.

Shortly after 10:40 p.m. Friday, Columbia police officers began an investigation on a reported child abduction from the Midwest Petroleum gas station at 1553 North Main Street. A man reported that Amy L. Richey, 34, of Valles Mines, Mo., the biological mother of his two children, had abducted their 5-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son while he was inside the gas station. The father indicated the mother had no parental rights to the children and provided officers with a court order from December 2014 to support his assertion.

After issuance of an AMBER Alert, police attempted to locate a phone number that Richey had recently called. Detectives determined the phone number originated from the St. Francois County, Mo. area. The CPD contacted the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department and requested assistance in locating Richey and the children.

At about 2 a.m., a St. Francois County deputy located Richey and the children in Valles Mines, Mo. Columbia police responded to Valles Mines to take custody of the children and return them to their father.

On Monday, Columbia police obtained an arrest warrant for Richey on two counts of felony child abduction. Bond has been set at $25,000.

Richey is not in custody at this time and is actively wanted. Anyone with information regarding Richey’s whereabouts is asked to call 281-5151.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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