Patricia Kane
Patricia Kane (Supplied photo)

SUNDERLAND - A woman accused of abducting her son and triggering an Amber Alert is being held in New Hampshire for lack of $200,000 bail.

Patricia Kane, 49, of Manchester, is facing extradition to Vermont where she is expected to be charged with felony counts of custodial interference and second degree unlawful restraint. A fugitive hearing has not been held.

When Kane's son, Zachary Lee, 12, did not arrive at his Sunderland foster family's home after being dropped off by a bus on Monday, he was reported missing at 4:46 p.m. The Amber Alert was issued at 8:35 p.m. by law enforcement.

According to Vermont State Police, at 11:29 p.m. a person who had seen Kane and Lee's photos from the Amber Alert contacted police to say they had seen them at the Canoe Restaurant in Hanover, N.H. Hanover Police went to the restaurant, but Kane and Lee were gone. They were found at the Lyme Country Inn in Lyme, N.H. Lee was safe and sound, and turned over to the custody of Vermont Department for Children and Families.

Kane was taken into custody without incident by New Hampshire State Police, and Hanover Police.

Police feared Kane might take Lee out of the country. Lee was recently repatriated from France. According to Vermont State Police, Kane is believed to be "unstable" and has a history of making failed abduction attempts on Lee while he was in France.

Amber Alerts began in 1996 after Amber Hagerman, nine, was abducted and murdered in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. They can only be issued by law enforcement agencies.


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