Two kids abducted from Kansas are safe, dad taken into custody

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AMBER Alert suspect

ELLIS COUNTY, Kan. -- An AMBER Alert issued early Wednesday morning for two kids abducted from  Ellis County, Kan., which is approximately 265 miles west of Kansas City, has been canceled, Ellis County Sheriff's Department said.

Both young boys were found safe and law enforcement took the suspect, who is their father, into custody in Rooks County, Kan., which is just 36 miles north of Ellis County.

Investigators say Bryce McDowell ran the children's mother's car off the road near US 183 and Saline River Road Wednesday morning around 12:10 a.m. and forcefully took the children.

McDowell is known to carry a rifle, but investigators were not sure if he had it with him. The children, 1-year-old Cadenn and 3-year-old Mason McDowell, were believed to be in danger.

The alert was canceled around 7:15 a.m.

Correct photos of Mason and Cadenn McDowell

McDowell was driving a red Chevy Silverado pickup truck with an attached black flatbed. The truck is a 2008 model with Kansas plates 120GZV. The truck has black wheels and a black push bumper.

AMBER Alert suspect vehicle.

Ellis County is located east of Hays, Kan., almost a four-hour drive from Kansas City.