Mom slain, child kidnapped and AMBER Alert helps police track down the suspect

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Source: Putnam County Sheriff's Office, MEGA

Jul. 12 2021, Published 3:20 p.m. ET

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Police in New Jersey issued an AMBER Alert for a missing 2-year-old and mom over the weekend. Her ex was found with the child hundreds of miles away and the mom was found dead.

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Around 3 a.m. July 10, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee got a call from authorities from Union County, New Jersey. They received details about an AMBER Alert of an endangered missing adult, Yasemin Uyar, 24, and an endangered child, Sebastian Rios, 2, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

The alert indicated that Tyler Rios, 27, the former boyfriend of Uyar and father of Sebastian, may harm the two endangered individuals. Authorities said Rios was driving a silver 2018 Ford Fiesta.

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Around 3:15 a.m., Monterey police officers, along with Putnam County deputies, found the car at a parking lot of the Bethel Inn Hotel.

Authorities verified Rios rented a room and was occupying one of the rooms in the hotel, according to the sheriff's office. Law enforcement made contact with Rios and tried to convince him to give up and exit the room.

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Rios refused and law enforcement entered the hotel room by force and took Rios into custody. Police found the unharmed child in the room.

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The toddler was taken by lawn enforcement and placed in a safe location.

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Officers obtained search warrants for both the hotel room and the Ford Fiesta, which was transported to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations crime lab for further forensic analysis.

Tyler Rios cooperated with police and led them to the deceased body of Yasmine Uyar of Rahway, New Jersey, in Putnam County.

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“I am very pleased with the professionalism of Putnam Sheriff Deputies, Monterey Police Officers and the cooperation with other agencies involved,” said Sheriff Eddie Farris. “I am thankful for the well-being and unharmed two-year-old. I would also like to express my sadness regarding the death of Yasemin Uyar and condolences to her family and friends.”

Rios is being held in the Putnam County Jail on a felony fugitive charge without bond. Further charges are expected from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey, which could include murder and kidnapping.


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