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Stepfather of previously missing child arrested

June 03, 2015 8:30 pm  •  Arizona Daily Star

After an extensive search led to the safe recovery of a missing child Tuesday, subsequent investigation led authorities to arrest the child's stepfather.

Wayne Blake Siddle, 53, was arrested on suspicion of four counts of child abuse and booked into the Pima County jail, a spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday night.

Deputy Tom Peine said that after the 10-year-old boy was located, he was brought to the Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center, where he was forensically interviewed.

"The interview revealed information which prompted an investigation by detectives with the Sheriff's Crimes Against Children Unit," Peine said in a news release.

A search warrant was served on the family's southeast-side home Wednesday and Siddle was arrested. No details were released about the suspected abuse.

The 10-year-old was reported missing at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when his mother returned home and he was gone, Peine previously said.

The search — which led to the child being located Tuesday night in the area of Colossal Cave Road and Interstate 10 — involved significant resources — "20 patrol deputies, nine detectives, nine Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers, four volunteers and two dogs with the Southern Arizona Rescue Dogs Inc., four volunteers with the Southern Arizona Rescue Association, three Search & Rescue deputies, a Search & Rescue deputy with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and two aircraft with the Sheriff's Air Unit were involved."

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