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Atascadero Police Department
Friday August 5th, 2011 :: 09:17 a.m. PDT


Child Abduction in the City of Atascadero

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Jeremy Guthrie, a four year old white male wearing a camouflage shirt and blue spider man underpants was abducted from the First Baptist Church Shelter in Atascadero early this morning. Police are actively searching for Jeremy and Annette Hale, a 52 year old white female. Hale is 5 feet 4 inches tall and approximately 200 lbs. She has brown hair which was last seen in a bun and wears glasses and possibly a white tank top. Hale is not known to drive a vehicle and may be on foot with the child. The child was last seen at approximately 9:00pm and may have been taken by Hale from the Shelter at approximately 4:30 am. The Atascadero Police Department is requesting that anyone who may have any information regarding this matter immediately contact the Atascadero Police Department at 805-461-5061 or call 911.

Gregg Meyer Public Information Officer
Ofc. (805) 470-3218; Mobile (805) 286-7544

Date and time of incident:
August 51, 2011 at 6:30


6370 Atascadero Mall in the City of Atascadero.

The suspect Annette Hale, described as a 52 year old adult White female 5 feet 4 inches tall and 200 lbs, with brown hair in a bun and wearing glasses and possibly a white tank top. Child Jeremy, described as a male White 4 years old, with brown hair, 3 feet 5 inches tall and wearing a camouflage shirt and blue Spiderman underpants and no pants. Jeremy may have a blanket with him.

On August 5, 2011 at approximately 6:30 am, officers from the Atascadero Police Department were dispatched to the 6370 Atascadero Mall (First Baptist Church also known as the Echo Shelter) for a report of a missing 4 year old child. When officers arrived on scene they met with the child’s mother who told them her son was missing and was possibly abducted by another individual staying at the shelter by the name Annette Hale, age 52 years, 5 feet 4 inches tall. Hale is not related to the child and possibly left the shelter at 4:30 am when a door alarm sounded. Hale does not own a vehicle and may be in the area on foot with the child whose first name is Jeremy. It is not known if Hale has any friends in the area who may have picked her up with the child. If anyone has any information regarding this incident you are asked to contact the Atascadero Police Department. Information regarding a press conference will be released shortly.

See attached photos of Hale and Jeremy.

The point of contact at the Atascadero Police Department is Detective Nick Coughlin at (805)470-3204 or (805) 461-5051. Detective Coughlin can also receive an email at

Atascadero Police Department
5505 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA 93422

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-470-5050

Gregg Meyer

6370 W Mall
Atascadero, CA 93422

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