St. Louis County fears dad fled with son, age 7

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 28, 2012 - 8:39 PM

Wyatt Nordrum, 7, is believed to have been abducted by his father in a custody dispute.

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A man with mental health difficulties has failed to follow a legal order to return his 7-year-old son to the court in St. Louis County, and authorities are now looking for both of them in what is being treated as a child abduction.

James Leon Nordrum, 41, of Brookston, Minn., has indicated that he would harm his son, Wyatt, if he lost custody, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said. Brookston is about 30 miles west of Duluth.

Sheriff's personnel sent Tuesday to the man's home said it appears that the residence had been vacated and that clothes had been taken.

The father is described as white, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 225 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Authorities had said that Nordrum may have been accompanied by his father, 59-year-old James Lee Nordrum, who lives 9 miles south of his son.

The Sheriff's Office said Wednesday morning that the elder Nordrum has been located, but the boy and his father remain unaccounted for.


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