Two Boys Kidnapped In North Carolina Are Safe And Their Four Alleged Abductors Have Been Arrested

| by Zara Zhi
Left to right: Natasha Cantrell, Christopher Carter, Chadwick Agan and Trena Weaver Left to right: Natasha Cantrell, Christopher Carter, Chadwick Agan and Trena Weaver

Authorities have arrested and named four suspects related to the abduction of two boys in Asheville, North Carolina.

When Harlee Allan Joyner, 3, and Elijah Ryan Joyner, 1, were kidnapped while visiting family members in Asheville, an Amber Alert was issued, say police.

The Amber Alert was canceled about an hour later after Harlee and Elijah were dropped off at a fire department in Swannanoa, North Carolina, at around 1 p.m. on Dec. 27. The children are in police custody and safe, according to authorities.

Investigators say the couple who took the children to the fire department are not connected to the boys and are currently not considered suspects.

Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and three of them are in police custody in Jackson County, Georgia, reports WHNS.

The Jackson County Detention Center says three suspects were detained at the request of the Asheville Police Department for felony charges related to abduction. The three are identified as Natasha Cantrell, 31, Christopher Carter, 42, and Chadwick Agen, 43.

Authorities say 24-year-old Trena Weaver was also apprehended in Asheville in connection with the case. Weaver is charged with misdemeanor child abuse and obtaining property under false pretense. Weaver’s bail is set at $3,000.

According to WHNS, Agen hired Weaver to drive the children for $20. The child abuse warrant says when Weaver drove the children, she was under the influence and was "unlawfully and willingly" contributing to the abduction.

Weaver also has other warrants for her arrest, including one that was filed on Dec. 8 after detectives said she falsely returned items she stole from Wal-Mart.

Investigators said the suspects arrested on Dec. 27 are not related by blood to the children and are still investigating the case, according to WYFF.

Sources: WHNS, WYFF / Photo credit: Jackson and Buncombe county detention centers via WHNS