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(KSL News) A California boy at the center of a multi-state Amber Alert has been found in Mexico.
Seven-year-old Ryan Ramos was taken by his father last week during a child custody exchange. Lonnie Ramos shot his estranged wife and then took off with the boy. An Amber Alert was issued, and it quickly spread to several states, including Utah.
Sunday morning, the boy's grandfather called Orange County police and said the boy had been dropped off at an LDS Church near Juarez, Mexico. That's just south of El Paso, Texas. Officials found Ryan and took him to the U.S. Consulate in Mexico.
His family says they're relieved by the news. Karen Schiffilea, Ryan's grandmother, said, "It's a miracle. I thank God. I know he has angels up there watching over him. I knew it and I think all those prayers brought him home to us."
Police officers are on their way to Mexico to bring the boy back.
The boy's dad is still on the run.