UPDATE: Amber alert for 5-year-old boy canceled

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter



Update: The Amber Alert has been canceled. Police report that the suspect is in custody and the boy is safe.

An Amber Alert has been issued by Oregon State Police for a 5-year-old boy who was abducted from a home in The Dalles early Wednesday morning by a man armed with a hammer.

Brian Lester Depriest, 36 reportedly went into a residence in The Dalles, assaulted someone with a hammer and kidnapped Skylar Meldin Coulcer-Jarding about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, said Lt. Gregg Hastings.

Depriest, who is from The Dalles and knows the boy’s mother, took the boy and reportedly left in a stolen bluish-green 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier four-door with Oregon license plate 229 BUK, police said. The vehicle is said to be in fair condition and has a dolphin sticker on the trunk area.

Depriest is described as a white male, 6-feet 5-inches tall, 200 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes and is reportedly wearing a hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Skylar is described as a white male, 3-feet 6-inches tall, 45 to 50 pounds with sandy brown hair. He wears glasses.

Anyone seeing the vehicle, the suspect and or child is asked to call 911 or Oregon State Police dispatch center at 1-866-5AMBER5 (866-526-2375).

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