Amber Alert canceled after boy missing from Upper Peninsula found safe

George Cunningham, left, and John Stygler man be with 5-year-old Zephaniau Cunningham.
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CHIPPEWA COUNTY (WJRT) (3/14/2019) - An Amber Alert was issued late Wednesday for a boy reported missing from the Upper Peninsula and canceled hours later when he was found safe.

He and two men who allegedly abducted him were located on the ice on Whitefish Bay offshore from a remote area north of Paradise.

The Michigan State Police issued the alert around midnight for 5-year-old Zephaniau George Cunningham. Authorities found him safe early Thursday and the Amber Alert was canceled.

Two men who allegedly abducted the boy, 53-year-old George Stephen Cunningham and John Stygler, were arrested on undisclosed charges.

Zephaniau was last seen around 7:10 p.m. Wednesday in the 9000 block of North Whitefish Point Road near the small town of Paradise along Whitefish Bay in Chippewa County.

The 1986 Ford F-250 pickup truck that police say they were riding in was recovered late Wednesday, but Cunningham and Stygler remained on the run with the boy.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office said authorities searched for Zephaniau and the two men for several hours. They later learned Cunningham and Stygler took the boy to a residence on Whitefish Point Road.

At some point, police say the men took the boy from there out onto the ice on Whitefish Bay. Officers followed tracks on the ice and located all three on the bay just after midnight.




 
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