Missing 8-month-old NC boy found in Montana; Amber Alert cancelled

Missing North Carolina child, John Aston Lorell Eastlack along with Penny Dianne Worthy and Chad Douglas Eastlack
Missing North Carolina child, John Aston Lorell Eastlack along with Penny Dianne Worthy and Chad Douglas Eastlack

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – An Amber Alert for a missing 8-month-old Randolph County boy was cancelled Sunday morning after the child was found in a hotel in Montana, authorities told WFMY News 2.

The alert was issued after John Aston Lorell Eastlack was abducted by Penny Dianne Worthy and Chad Douglas Eastlack on Thursday.

Capt. Derrick Hill with Randolph County EMS confirmed with WFMY News 2 that Eastlack was found around 2:30-3:00 a.m. Sunday with his parents in a Missoula, Montana hotel.

Montana police were checking hotels for the stolen vehicle described in the Amber Alert when they found the silver van at a Missoula hotel parking lot.

Local Missoula Social Services have John Eastlack. His parents have charges pending against them in Randolph County for taking John and stealing a van.

Investigators said the baby boy was taken by his biological parents. The Randolph County Department of Social Services (DSS) contacted the Sheriff’s Office to alert them Tuesday. The boy’s parents, Chad Douglas Eastlack and Penny Dianne Worthy do not have custody of the child. DSS does.

The child was in the custody of social services, but was put back in the mother’s care.

DSS says the boy’s father – Chad Eastlack– was ordered by the court to not be with the mother and child together unless it was a supervised visit.
DSS could not comment on what led to that order — the court says those records are sealed to protect the child.
The Sheriff’s Office said Chad Eastlack is charged with the following for the van theft:

• Larceny of Motor Vehicle (Felony)
• Larceny of Firearm (Felony)
• Possession of Stolen Firearm (Felony)
• Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle (Felony)
• Larceny (Misdemeanor)
• Possession of Stolen Goods (Misdemeanor)

He also faces numerous drug charges. In November 2015, deputies raided his home on Peace Road. Deputies found marijuana, nine firearms, glass jars, scales and other paraphernalia. Eastlack was also arrested in April with possession of meth. His criminal history shows numerous arrests for drugs, weapons and traffic charges.

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