LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - Police in two states are searching for two missing children and their father. Kentucky State Police said they found an abandoned vehicle off of Interstate 75 near London could be linked to three missing persons out of Indiana.
State police said the van was found with the keys inside of it near the 50 mile marker early this morning. They said based on information they had been given, it is likely linked to a missing man and his two children. Michael Mann, 34 and his 5-year-old daughter Macy and 3-year-old son Madden were last seen in that white 2006 Kia van on Sunday headed from southern Indiana to Versailles, Ky.
“We had officers with K-9 that went through the wooded area close by the vehicle,” said Trooper Don Trosper of KSP.
“They did not find any signs of any entry into the woods.”
Trosper said they also checked with local businesses to find any kind of surveillance footage to see if Mann and his children had been inside any place around Laurel County.
“They are not where they were supposed to be is primarily the reason for the missing persons complaint,” said Trosper.
Trosper said there are reasons behind the criteria for issuing an Amber Alert. He said at this time, Mann and his children are considered “missing persons” and an official “Amber Alert” had not been issued.
Per the Kentucky State Police website, there are minimum criteria to meet prior to issuing the alert.
The website states law enforcement has to confirm a child has been abducted and they must believe and confirm the circumstances surrounding the abduction. Law enforcement must also see indications that the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death. The last “AMBER plan” criteria says there must be “sufficient descriptive information about the child, the abductor and/or the suspect’s vehicle.”
Relatives said Mann has a history of mental issues.
“He is just sick, he is mentally sick and he has been in Wellstone probably up to 20 times,” said Mann’s father, Barry Mann.
Mann said his son suffered from Bi-polar disorder and usually would bring the kids to another family member’s home if he felt an episode coming on.
Barry Mann said they want them to return home safely.
“Those kids are his life when he is in his right mind, but he is sick,” said Mann.
“I don't think he would hurt the kids.”
Mann’s father said he brought camping equipment with him.
Mann is described as white man, 6-foot-1 inches tall, weighing around 175 pounds with black hair and blue eyes.
Police said he was last seen wearing a dark jacket, camouflage hat and shorts. Macy was last seen wearing a skirt and boots. Madden was last seen wearing a red jacket, blue jeans and boots.
Anyone with information is asked to call the New Albany Police Department 812-948-5300 or Kentucky State Police, Post 11 in London at 606-878-6622.