Missing 2-Year-Old Boy Found Safe Near Bakersfield; Kidnapping Suspect Arrested: Sheriff’s Office

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Jace Pletcher, left, and Eric Truman, right, are seen in photos released by the Kern County Sheriff's Office.
Jace Pletcher, left, and Eric Truman, right, are seen in photos released by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

A 2-year-old boy allegedly kidnapped from his home near Bakersfield has been found safe, and the suspect was arrested, authorities said.

Authorities located Jace Pletcher about 11 a.m. Thursday in the 800 block of Roberts Lane, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. He has been taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation.

Jace was taken from his home on Wednesday, allegedly by 37-year-old Eric Truman Wednesday, sheriff’s officials said.

Truman is related to the boy’s father, but was not allowed to remove Jace from the family’s residence, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Prior to being located, the two were last been spotted in the 100 block of Regal Street in Oildale around 6:30 p.m. That’s less than a half-mile away from where they were found more than 16 hours later.

Truman, a “known transient,” did not have access to a vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies had searched abandoned homes, homeless encampments and other locations the suspect was known to frequent after the toddler disappeared.

No additional details were immediately released about how the child and the suspect were found.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 661-861-3110, or leave an anonymous tip by dialing 661-322-4040.

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