Kansas boy taken by non custodial father is endangered; father wanted by police FOUND

UPDATE:  11/5/15 – Andrew has been found and Stephen Drake has been taken into custody. 

Original story:  Authorities are searching for a 12-year-old Kansas boy and his father who may have taken him and does not  have legal custody.

Andrew Drake from Oskaloosa Kansas told his classmates that he was going to meet his father after school on October 16, 2015.

His father, Stephen Drake Jr., 40,  is wanted on a warrant out of Jefferson County on suspicion of aggravated assault and child endangerment.  Drake may be in the possession of a gun, and he has made threatening statements.  According to LJ World, Drake in 2007 has other offenses out of Douglas and Jefferson counties including  domestic battery, harassment, reckless driving, assault, forgery and several attempts to elude police and theft convictions.  Drake is due in court on Nov. 9 for charges of battery of a law enforcement officer, fleeing or attempting to elude police custody, interference with law enforcement, battery, two counts criminal damage to property and reckless driving.  Drake is accused of leading the police in a chase through Lawrence in August 2014.  If you see him, please do not approach but call the 911.


Andrew’s mother, Shirley Morriss said that on the same day that her son said she was going to meet her father, she was rear-ended and driven off the road on U.S. Highway 59.  Morriss told the police that the driver was wearing a wig and mask, and she believes that Drake was responsible, she states on the  “Please Help Find Andrew Drake” Facebook page.

Drake may have changed his appearance and he may be driving a 2003 GMC Sierra 100 4×4 extended cab truck with Kansas plates 609GFM , a white Ford Crown Victoria or a Mercury Grand Marquis.  They could still be in Kansas or could be driving toward Colorado.

Andrew Drake is described as a white male with brown eyes and brown hair. He is 4’9″and weighs 110 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black shirt and black pants.

Stephen Drake, Jr is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 5’10” and weighs 170 pounds.

If you have any information please call the Lawrence Police Dept. at 785-331-9870.

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