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Amber Alert Issued For Three Idaho Children

| by Nicholas Roberts
Lewis Dunn, Kaylee Dunn, and Kaydn SimonLewis Dunn, Kaylee Dunn, and Kaydn Simon

An Amber Alert was issued on June 13 for three children from Idaho in "imminent danger," who are said to be in the company of a suspected child molester.

Jason Simon, 37, of Caldwell, Idaho, is the subject of a $100,000 warrant for sexual abuse of a child under 16 years old. The Ada County Sheriff's Office began investigating his case in late May after being contacted with evidence that Simon was producing child pornography, The Idaho Statesman reports.

Law enforcement believe Simon is traveling with his girlfriend, Sarah Joy VanOcker-Dunn, and three children between the ages of 6 and 10.

Lewis and Kaylee Dunn, age 10 and 9 respectively, are the adoptive children of VanOcker-Dunn.  Also believed to be with the group is Simon's 6-year-old son, Kaydn. An Amber Alert was issued at roughly 4 p.m. on June 13 after family members held a rally at the Statehouse for the effort.

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Although VanOcker-Dunn is the mother of two of the children, she is not permitted to leave the state with Simon according to Patch.com.

The pair reportedly fled Idaho on June 2 after learning about an impending law enforcement contract related to Simon's warrant. They were spotted buying camping equipment around 25 miles away from their home later that day.

An alert from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children stated that "all three children are thought to be in imminent danger due to the circumstances."

The Amber Alert was issued in both Idaho and Nevada, although Simon and VanOcker-Dunn were reportedly seen in California on June 8.

The pair are thought to be driving a Pontiac Montana SUV; the sheriff's office also reports that VanOcker-Dunn's hair may now be dyed bright red but was blue in the police photo issued with the Amber Alert.  

Jesse Dunn, the adoptive father of the three children, thanked the community for their support.

"The community is doing absolutely everything they can. It’s phenomenal: The help and resources the community has done for us to locate our children.  The groups and organizations have really stepped up in this and done way more than I ever could have thought. We want justice for the children, but we want their safety more."

Sources: The Idaho Statesman, Patch.com / Photo credit: The Idaho Statesman

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