Iowa Amber Alert

Published June 5, 2011 by jeaniel47

GREENE, IA — An Amber Alert issued for a North Iowa toddler is canceled after the boy was found safe in Rapid City, South Dakota.  His father is now in custody in South Dakota.

Authorities issued the Amber Alert at 12:40 am Sunday for 2-year-old Jacob Duncan Peterson.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspect in his taking is 39-year-old Thomas Joseph Peterson, a homicide suspect.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, the boy was found at 8:20 am about 5 miles south of Phillips, South Dakota by the State Patrol, when troopers found the suspect’s vehicle.  Officials say Jacob was taken into custody after a short encounter between law enforcement and Thomas Peterson, using a tazer to subdue him.  Peterson is now being held in Jackson County, South Dakota.

The Department of Public Safety reports Jacob’s mother, 36-year-old Judy Renee Peterson, was murdered around 9:00 pm Saturday in the family’s home at 508 North High Street in Greene.  Jacob and Thomas Peterson were missing when Renee’s body was found, and authorities suspect Thomas in the murder of his wife.

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