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Presque Isle police identify vehicle in search for missing boys

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Presque Isle Police Department and other authorities are still trying to locate two boys taken out of state in an alleged custody dispute, and say they now know what vehicle the father is likely driving.

Presque Isle Police Detective Chris Beck has said Joel Strother, who has resided in the Madawaska area, took his sons Joel II, 12, and Carter III, 10, out of state against their will and against the wishes of their mother, who lives in the Presque Isle area.

The police believe that the Strother left Maine with the boys heading toward the southern United States.

Carter Strother III, age 10. Joel Strother II, age 12.
(Courtesy of Presque Isle Police Department)

On Tuesday, the Presque Isle Police Department said that officers determined that Strother has taken the children to Florida and is driving a 2006 pewter-colored GMC Terrain SUV with temporary registration plates.

Joel Strother II has brown hair, green eyes and is about 5-feet tall, according to police. Carter Strother III has brown hair, brown eyes and is 4-feet, 6-inches tall, according to police.

“As of late last week a felony level warrant was issued for the arrest of Joel Strother, which he is aware of,” the department said.

Beck said previously that the Presque Isle Police Department had been investigating the case going back several weeks and recently asked for the public’s help in locating the boys and their father.

“He has violated the custody agreement,” Beck said. “He has basically hidden the children. There has been no communication from Mr. Strother or from the two children to their mother.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Presque Isle Police Department at (207) 764-4476.

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