Children from Delaware Amber Alert Recovered in Southwest Indiana

Warrick County: Two children from a Delaware Amber Alert issued tonight are safe and in the care of the Indiana State Police.

Vehicle used to transport missing children. - Photo submitted
Vehicle used to transport missing children. – Photo submitted

This evening, the Delaware State Police issued an Amber Alert for 4 year old Colette Hamilton and her brother, 4 month old Cortez Hamilton, Jr., of Smyrna, Delaware. Both children, along with their mother, 35 year old Keisha Hamilton, had not been seen since 10:00 P.M. Friday.

At about 7:00 P.M. this evening, Delaware authorities informed the Indiana State Police that they had received information that the children, along with the father, 32 year old Cortez A. Hamilton, Sr., were possibly traveling to St. Louis, Missouri, via the Interstate 64 corridor in a red 2005 Chevrolet Suburban. Troopers, county deputies, and city officers responded to the area of Interstate 64 to attempt to locate and observe the Chevrolet.

At 7:32 P.M., Jasper District Troopers Andrew Watson and Ross Johnson, while sitting at the 38 mile marker on Interstate 64, observed a large red SUV pass them traveling west. Both troopers caught up to the vehicle and found that it was a red Chevrolet Suburban with a Delaware license plate. At the 37 mile marker, troopers activated their emergency lights to attempt to pull over the Chevrolet, which stopped at the 36 mile marker. Troopers ordered the driver, Hamilton, Sr., out of the vehicle and placed him into custody without incident. Both Colette and Cortex Jr. were found safe inside the vehicle.

Hamilton, Sr. was taken to the Evansville State Police Post, where State Police investigators are working in conjunction with the Delaware State Police.

No other information is available at this time as both agencies continue their investigation.

* Attached photograph is of the red 2005 Chevrolet Suburban

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