A 35-year-old mom of two from Smyrna, Delaware, remains missing Sunday evening even after her two children — whose disappearance Friday had sparked an Amber Alert — were found safe in Indiana with their father, who was arrested and remains in custody there, awaiting extradition back to Delaware.
Cortez Hamilton, Sr., is being held in Indiana, where he was apprehended Saturday night by state troopers who picked him up on Interstate 64 at about 7:30 pm. The two missing children, Collette Hamilton, who is four years old, and Cortez Hamilton, Jr., an infant at just four months, were found in the car with their father.
But Keisha Hamilton, 35, mother of the two young kids, has not been found since she also disappeared on Friday. Police are now searching for the Delaware mom and believe that she may be in danger, if she has not already been harmed.
Cortez Hamilton, Sr., 32, was driving a 2005 Chevy Suburban when he was arrested on a fugitive charge. Back in Delaware, Hamilton will face two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of second degree assault with serious bodily injury.
There has been no report as to whether the arrested dad has told police anything about what might have happened to the mother of his children, or why she is still missing 24 hours after he was taken in custody and his two kids recovered safely from his SUV.
The missing mom is described as African-American, about 5’6″ and weighing approximately 145 pounds.
The troopers who pulled Hamilton over, acting on a tip, ordered him out of the vehicle, and Hamilton gave himself up with no further incident.
Even though the Amber Alert for the two Hamilton children was cancelled when they were found in the SUV, a “Gold Alert” remains in effect for their mother, Keisha.
Also unknown is where Cortez Hamilton, Sr., was headed with the children. The distance from Smyrna to Evansville, Indiana, where Hamilton is now being held is about 825 miles — or a more-than-12 hour drive.
One report stated that the search for Hamilton and the two children may have extended to Kentucky, before the dad and kids were stopped in Indiana. But what reason Hamilton would have had for traveling to or through Kentucky was not clear.
Delaware investigators searching for Keisha Hamilton visited the family’s home on East Cayhill Lane in Smyrna and, though they did not find the missing mom, they removed several bags of evidence and reported that the condition of the property appeared to show “suspicious circumstances.”