THE DALLES, Ore. — After an Amber Alert was issued early this morning in The Dalles, the child in question was found safe and the suspect is now in police custody.
Police had reported that Skylar Meldin Coulcer-Jarding, age 5, was taken from his home around 5:40 AM. The suspect was last seen driving a stolen bluish-green 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier displaying Oregon license 229 BUK.
At 8:30 AM, the Amber Alert was cancelled and police reported that the suspect, Brian DePriest, age 36, was in custody. We are still waiting on more details as the story develops.
[UPDATE 8:35 AM] Amber Alert has been cancelled in The Dalles. Suspect is in custody and the child is now safe. Thanks for your help!
A five-year-old boy from The Dalles was kidnapped this morning, activating an Amber Alert. Oregon State Police says Skylar Coulcer-Jarding was taken from his home around 5:40 this morning. Police believe 36-year-old Brian DePriest went into the child’s home and assaulted someone with a hammer before taking the boy. Police say DePriest knows Skylar’s mother but have not released information about that relationship.
DePriest is believed to be driving a stolen bluish-green 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier displaying Oregon license 229 BUK. The vehicle has a dolphin sticker on the rear window. Skylar is 3’6”, 45-50 lbs, with sandy-brown hair. He wears glasses, is cross-eyed, and has a speech impediment. DePreist was last seen wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans.
There are no details yet about where DePriest may be headed.
If you see the vehicle, the suspect and/or the child you are asked to call 9-1-1 or Oregon State Police dispatch center at 1-866-5AMBER5.