Abducted as a child in the heat of a custody battle in 1995, a young man comes home to the father he hadn't seen since


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GREENFIELD — A boy abducted by his mother during a custody battle 18 years ago has been reunited with the Greenfield family that never stopped hoping he would return. He isn’t a boy anymore, of course. Nathan Slinkard was 5 years old when his mother took him, his brother and sister and disappeared. Today, he is 23. Nathan returned to the United States last week from Mexico, where law enforcement long suspected Trena Slinkard had taken her three children when she violated a court visitation order in 1995.

Nathan’s father, Steven Slinkard, met him at Indianapolis International Airport last Wednesday after several days of working with U.S. authorities in Mexico and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to assure Nathan’s safe passage back to the United States.

Since Nathan’s return, law enforcement officers have been walking a fine line between honoring the newly reunited family’s request for privacy and seeking out information to break open a cold case that has confounded investigators for almost two decades.

It’s a delicate balance. Nathan’s brother, Andrew; and sister, Sydney, are still in Mexico. Law enforcement officials hope a smooth transition home for Nathan will show his siblings that they, too, are welcome to come back. Today, Andrew is 25. Sydney is 21.

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