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Scott Anthony Charlie

Scott Anthony Charlie

The father of a 13-year-old boy with autism who went missing and was found Tuesday evening is being held on kidnapping charges, according to Missoula police.

Scott Anthony Charlie, 36, was booked into Missoula County jail around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. He is also being held for an alleged marijuana possession.

Authorities released an alert Tuesday afternoon notifying the Missoula community that Donivan Charlie had reportedly walked away from his custodial parents in the North Reserve Street area of Missoula. 

Missoula Detective Sgt. Travis Welsh, the department's spokesman, said Donivan was found with Charlie, his non-custodial father, around 11 p.m.

It's so far unclear, Deputy County Attorney Jason Marks said, whether Charlie picked his son up from the area where he was first reported missing or located him later on, after the missing child alert went out. The Missoula County Attorney's Office has requested that law enforcement investigate the case further before making a decision to formally charge Charlie with kidnapping, Marks said.

Charlie is being held on $50,585 bond.

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