The FBI's Augusta office is looking for a former Columbia County golf pro accused of abducting his 1-year-old son two weeks ago and leaving for Mexico City.
William Brown, 38, of Evans, who is a former assistant golf pro at Jones Creek and had worked as the director of instruction at River Golf Club in North Augusta, has a warrant out for his arrest on Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution, said Ed Reinhold, of the Augusta FBI office.
Authorities say Mr. Brown picked up his son, Ezekiel Brown, from Greenbrier Day Care off William Few Parkway in Evans on Jan. 31, and the two have not been seen since. Agent Reinhold said authorities have not issued an Amber Alert because they don't believe Mr. Brown is a danger to his child.
The FBI believes Mr. Brown could still be in Mexico City based on ATM and other traceable transactions, but they don't rule out a return to the area.
"There's always that possibility,'' Mr. Reinhold said.
Ezekiel's mother, Lois Brown, has set up a Web site, www.bringzekehome.com, and is also asking for help from the public. She said she and her husband were separated and that he had picked up her son soon after a judge ruled that his visits be supervised.
"I'm concerned for my baby,'' she said. "... I mean my baby, all he knows is me.''
The case is listed on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at www.missingkids.com under the Georgia listings. The Augusta FBI office says it's working with Mexican authorities to help find Mr. Brown in Mexico City, which has a population of more than 8 million. Agent Reinhold said such a case involving a flight to another country is rare, adding that at the most it occurs one to two times a year in this area.
"And a lot of those are married to foreign nationals,'' he said.
Mr. Brown is described as having light brown hair with hazel eyes and being 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing 212 pounds.
Ezekiel has blonde hair and blue eyes.
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