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FBI seeks help as cold missing person case heats up

An 18-year-old kidnapping case heats up as FBI investigators obtain new information in a parental kidnapping case out of Clinton, Maryland in 1996. The FBI seeks information on the whereabouts of Reuben Bennett Blackwell II, then described as black, about 6’4” tall, 270 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair graying at the temples. During the 1996 abduction, Blackwell allegedly threatened to kill his then 3-year-old son, Reuben Bennett Blackwell III.

Reuben Bennett Blackwell II, allegedly abducted son from Maryland in 1996.  Suspect wanted by the FBI and is considered armed and dangerous, having suicidal tendencies.
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A new tip has led investigators to believe Blackwell and his now 21-year-old son, may be living in Ohio, and seeks help from the public to locate him. The Journal News indicated the now adult son of Blackwell, 57, may be going by his middle name, Bennett, according to news out of Prince George County, Maryland.

WUSA reported of an FBI press release, as officials seek the whereabouts of Blackwell and his adult son. A statement given by the FBI said,

"Blackwell is wanted for abducting his son in May 1996 and obstruction of the lawful exercise of parental custody held by the mother."

Missing Children Wiki reported Reuben Sr. picked up his son from day care the morning of May 6. Police waited for him to arrive at the his mother-in-law's house, where they served him with an ex-parte order that would make him leave their home for ten days. Blackwells's wife at the time, Deborah Tinsley, reported he had become violent about a week prior to the disappearance of their son. He drove a blue 1993 Volvo 940 sedan in 1996. Blackwell even went as far as to mail Tinsley a letter about a week after fleeing, describing funeral arrangements for he and young son Reuben.

The FBI wanted poster for Blackwell is available for download. A cautionary warning on the poster indicates Blackwell should be considered armed and dangerous, and may have suicidal tendencies. If you know anything about Reuben Blackwell, or his son, please call the FBI at 513-421-4310, 216-522-1400 or 410-265-8080. Officials say you can also contact your local police department.

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