Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Friday, April 02, 2010

Missing boy found SAFE - boy and non-custodial mother found in Nicaragua

Missing boy found SAFE - boy and non-custodial mother found in Nicaragua


Missing Boise Boy found by US Authorities in Nicaragua

Boy has been reunited with his father.


right: Max Gian Alcalde, age 7, prior to his kidnapping in Nov., 2008.

below: Booking photo of suspect Margaret Dunbar-Alcalde from Harris County, Texas April 1, 2010.

    Boise, April 2, 2010, 12:56 p.m. - Boise Police have learned that the suspect in the kidnapping of a Boise boy was booked last night into the Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas on a felony kidnapping warrant out of Ada County. .

    The suspect, Margaret Dunbar-Alcalde faces 2nd degree kidnapping charges (see previous release).

    The case will now be up to prosecutors in each state and the extradition process. When Dunbar-Alcalde will return to Boise is unknown at this time.



    Boise, April 2, 2010, 11:46 a.m. - Boise Police detectives learned earlier this week that a boy reported missing in early December, 2008, reportedly kidnapped by his non-custodial mother, had been found in Central America. His mother was also found and has been taken into custody by US authorities.

    Background: Boise Police received a report of Child Custody Interference December 2, 2008. According to the report made by the father of a 7 year old boy, the boy’s mother, Margaret Dunbar-Alcalde had taken the child, Max Gian Alcalde to California on November 26, 2008, in apparent violation of the parent’s court ordered custody agreement. There was evidence at the time the mother had plans to take the child into Central America. Because of the national and international jurisdictions, Boise Police immediately sought the assistance of the FBI.

    With the assistance of Ada County Prosecutors, Boise Police secured a warrant for the arrest of Margaret Dunbar-Alcalde for 2nd degree Kidnapping – Child Custody Interference, ISC 18-4501(2).

    Information given to Boise Police by the FBI is the suspect Margaret Dunbar-Alcalde has been returned to the US and the legal process is now underway to return her to Idaho to face the kidnapping charge.

    “Child custody interference cases can be very difficult and understandably very emotional for the families involved, and sometimes very complex to investigate.” said Det. Bill Smith of the Boise Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit.

    “The reunion with the child and his father has been months in the making. We are very thankful for the help of the FBI, the US State Department, the Nicaraguan National Police, and all those who helped find Max Gian, bring him home, and now will let the justice system take it’s course.”