Car linked to Tennessee kidnapping case found in California

A car linked to a Tennessee kidnapping suspect has been found in California, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday.

Tennessee authorities say Jacob “Jake” Clare, 35, took his 3-year-old son Noah Clare from his Gallatin, Tennessee, home on or around Nov. 6. An Amber Alert was issued in the state and in Arizona, where Clare’s 2005 silver Subaru Legacy was seen recently. 

That car was found abandoned Tuesday in San Clemente, California, a coastal city in Orange County. The car is filled with trash, clothing and military-style food packs known as MREs. When the Amber Alert was issued, the car was said to have stickers on the back; when police found the car, the stickers had been removed. 

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking Californians to be on the lookout for Noah, who was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, a camo shirt, a black jacket and black shoes. He has blue eyes and brown hair and is 3-foot-5. It is possible he is also in the company of his 16-year-old cousin Amber Clare, who disappeared from her home in Kentucky. Authorities originally classified her as a runaway but have since changed her status to “endangered child.”

Amber and Noah Clare went missing from Kentucky and Tennessee, respectively, around Nov. 5, 2021. They are believed to be with Noah's father, Jacob Clare.

Amber and Noah Clare went missing from Kentucky and Tennessee, respectively, around Nov. 5, 2021. They are believed to be with Noah’s father, Jacob Clare.

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“If Jake was watching this, he needs to just step up and do the right thing and bring them home. He’s not going to be able to take care of them forever,” Amber’s mother Jamie Bravata told WKRN.

Jacob Clare is wanted by Tennessee police on suspicion of especially aggravated kidnapping, which is a felony charge for when the victim is under 13, and custodial interference. He is also wanted in Kentucky on suspicion of kidnapping and custodial interference. Clare is 6-foot-7 with hazel eyes and brown hair; he has a tribal sleeve tattoo on his left arm.

Tennessee authorities say Jacob Clare, 35, kidnapped his 3-year-old son Noah Clare in November 2021.

Tennessee authorities say Jacob Clare, 35, kidnapped his 3-year-old son Noah Clare in November 2021.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation/Handout

Anyone who sees the Clares is asked to call 911 immediately. Individuals who may have information about their whereabouts can call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.