Father who skipped custody hearing, fled with children, found in Kansas


A Hinckley father who disappeared with his two young children more than a week ago, when he was supposed to show for a custody hearing, was arrested in Kansas, KARE 11 reports.

Peter John Kunze, 44, was pulled over by police shortly after midnight for an inoperable headlight, WCCO says.

KARE 11 says police ran his information, and upon realizing he was wanted in Minnesota, arrested him.

The two young children – son Joshua Kunze, 12, and daughter Sean Hanson, 16 – and the family's three dogs were also in the vehicle, WCCO reports.

According to FOX 9, the two kids said they believed they were vacationing as a family.

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FOX 9 notes two of John Kunze's adult children, 20-year-old Christian Kunze and 22-year-old Ashley Kunze, were also in the vehicle.

Officials in Pine County began looking for the man after he and the children failed to show up for a custody hearing on Sept. 12. KARE 11 reports that at the hearing, officials determined the two youngest children should be placed in foster care.

John Kunze then fled and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued a crime alert around that time, saying authorities were concerned for the welfare of the children.

The children’s mother created a Facebook page to assist with the search. On Wednesday, she shared the following post:

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KARE 11 says Kunze will return to Minnesota and could face custodial rights charges. According to FOX 9, Pine County is working with the state of Kansas to return the kids to Minnesota.

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