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Teen Web sleuth solves own abduction

California teen saw his name and picture here on missing-kids Web site.

By BILL HUTCHINSON

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

A California teen cracked his own kidnapping case when he searched for his name on the Internet and learned that his mom snatched him from his dad in Canada when he was 3.

The 17-year-old's stunning discovery came to light yesterday when cops announced the arrest of his 45-year-old mother, Giselle-Marie Goudreault.

"They were taking her child away, and she did what she had to do," said Goudreault's sister-in-law, Melissa Goudreault of Alberta, where the boy was living when he was snatched.

The mystery might have gone unsolved had the teen's teacher in San Fernando Valley, Calif., not given him an assignment to look his name up on the Internet.

He searched using Google and found his name and picture on a Canadian missing-child Web site.

He told his teacher, who told the cops.

Police said the boy's father in Red Deer, Alberta, had been granted sole custody of his son. But on a court-ordered weekend visit in 1989, Goudreault fled with the little boy, cops said.

Goudreault took the child on the lam to Mexico before settling in the Los Angeles area in 1995, police said.

She was working in administrative support services for L.A. schools when she was arrested on Feb. 11, police said.

Police said the teen was upset his mother had been jailed. His grandmother said he may not want to return to Canada to be reunited with his father.

The father, Rodney Steinmann, 43, said he'd love to see his son. "I just think about him," Steinmann told the Edmonton Sun. "A conversation with him is a long time overdue. It would be a relief to ask him if he's okay."

From New York Daily News

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That's an interesting story. What are the chances of that happening? They can't be very good, that's for sure. It's nice to hear a story that ends like this though...too many missing persons cases have bad endings.

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That's bizzare! Imagine seeing your baby picture on a milk carton!

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That's bizzare! Imagine seeing your baby picture on a milk carton!

Yeah, if I saw my baby picture on a milk carton I'd be really freaked out.

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