SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 9-year-old boy violently kidnapped this week from
home in Palm Desert was found safe in San Diego County, a law
San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Lisa Miller said Nicholas Farber was
at a campground in Jamul east of San Diego.
"He's alive," she said.
The boy was abducted at 2 a.m. Wednesday in Palm Desert in Riverside County.
Authorities had been searching for a motor home with a Florida
plate believed to be carrying the boy.
His mother, Debra Rose and her former roommate, Carla Bender, have
named as suspects in the kidnapping carried out by two
Electronic highways signs in California had flashed the motor home's
license plate number, HS702J. Authorities also had issued a
of the distinctive vehicle, a tan 1997 Bounder motor home
decals and an orange stripe on each side.
"We have great news. We have Nicholas, he is safe," Riverside County
Bob Doyle told a news conference in Palm Desert.
Nicholas was the subject of a custody dispute between Rose, 38, and
father, Michael Farber, 47, who married in 1991 and divorced in
The boy lived with Rose until she was arrested on Aug. 15 in Colorado
held briefly for allegedly violating a restraining order
ex-husband. Farber went to Colorado and got
Nicholas, then was granted
temporary custody by a California court,
which scheduled a Sept. 5 hearing
on the father's bid for permanent
The boy's mother was declared a suspect Thursday after her pickup was
at a Primm, Nev., casino. Rose and Bender were roommates in
A $46,000 reward had been posted for information leading to Nicholas'
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A composite sketch of one of the kidnappers showed a possibly
man with a goatee, described as 5-feet-8, 175 pounds, in his
with a medium build, dressed in a dark sweat suit and
carrying a dark-colored
There was no composite sketch for the other gunman because he wore a
stocking or mask over his face. He was described only as
6-foot-3 and 240