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Abandoned Boy to be Reunited with Biological Father

Abandoned Boy to be Reunited with Biological Father

Updated - Jan. 31, 2003 at 7:50 a.m. | Posted - Jan. 31, 2003 at 7:50 a.m.



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(Salt Lake City, KSL-TV) -- Jacob, the little boy found in a ShopKo store last Saturday -- will soon be reunited with his biological father. And questions are still arising about the whereabouts of his mother, Jeannette Snyder.

Friends say that they have not seen her in two weeks and police in Reno suspect foul play.

Jacob's biological father, Joel Corpuz, says the last time he talked to Jeannette was a week ago and that she never mentioned her husband.

"The last time I talked to her, it was about a week ago from the phone call that she made to us. She said she was living with some friends and that was it," Corpuz says.

He says she did not mention anything about Lyle Montgomery.

Jeannette Snyder also has used the last names of Acord, Corpuz and Montgomery.

Police say bloodstained carpet has been removed from the house where Montgomery and Jeannette lived and that neighbors saw him driving with a tarp covered object in his truck.

Lt. Ron Holladay of the Reno Police Department says, "if she has come to some harm, we have a lot of area to cover."

The couple had only been married for a little more than a month. This despite the fact that in October, Montgomery was arrested for holding a gun to Snyder's head while Jacob looked on.

Lyle Montgomery is currently in a psychiatric unit after an apparent suicide attempt.

Montgomery has now officially been charged with child abuse for abandoning Jacob in Salt Lake.

The charge against Lyle Montgomery is only a misdemeanor but Salt Lake prosecutors are still taking steps to extradite him from Reno.

Kent Morgan of the Salt Lake District Attorney's Office says, "in this case, we feel Utah has a very important interest in seeing that children in this state are protected, regardless of where they are from."

Jacob is currently in the custody of a foster family. His father -- Joel Corpuz -- plans to travel to Utah on Saturday, but authorities have said it is not certain he will receive custody.

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