A missing Arizona teenager who was feared had been kidnapped by his mother as she prepared for the end of the world has been found safe near the border with Canada.
16-year-old Blaze Thibaudeau was discovered in Alaska with his mother, Spring Thibaudeau, who was convinced he was the “key” to Christ’s return.
The teenager was located at the Alcan port of entry along with his sister Abigail Snarr, 23, and his uncle Brook Hale.
Police believe the teen was flown from his home in Gilbert to the border via Idaho.
Arrest warrants were issued for Spring and Hale after the family feared they would not be able to contact Blaze.
Missing 16-year-old Blaze Thibaudeau was discovered near the Alaska border with his doomsday mother and relatives
Spring Thibaudeau is said to have “kidnapped” her son after he became obsessed with the end of the world and the return of Christ
He was rescued Friday by Alaska State Troopers, who arrested the two adults.
They were charged with prison interference and conspiracy to commit prison interference in Arizona. Snarr was not charged.
Blaze was reported missing on Wednesday by his father, Ben Thibaudeau.
The concerned father was temporarily granted sole custody. He said his estranged wife recently purchased thousands of dollars’ worth of survival equipment and has cut off all communication because she believes their son has been chosen by God.
He said Eastern Idaho News: “They see him as a Davidic servant (chosen individual) who plays a significant role in the Savior’s return.”
“They felt they had to take him to an unknown place where he would receive his calling and understand his role in the return of Christ.”
“I fear for his safety, especially if my son is argumentative, rebellious or belligerent. “I fear that my brother-in-law would hold him back or do something that would incapacitate him.”
Snarr’s husband, Brayden, said his wife and her uncle tried to convince him to come to Idaho with them, even buying him a plane ticket to Boise Airport.
On Monday she called him and said she had to go to the hospital. But when he returned to her home in Gilbert, he found her packing and chattering about the Second Coming.
Ben Thibaudeaus reported his son missing on Wednesday. He said before his disappearance, his estranged wife had stockpiled survival gear
Blaze was spotted with his sister Abi (left) and his uncle Brooke Hale (right), Spring’s brother
He told the outlet, “The apartment was a mess.” She had purchased a lot of hunting and camping gear at Sportsman’s Warehouse. And in complete shock she told me that it was time for us to go and that I had to go with her.’
Abi told her husband that she had booked flights from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Idaho, where her uncle would be ready to greet her.
He also explained how he initially gave in to his wife’s outlandish claims and even stocked up on food for two years.
He said: “I felt good about it because I think preparation is something we should strive for.”
“But as time went on it became, for lack of a better term, more and more radical. It became deeper and deeper and she connected with a range of different people with similar beliefs.”
He revealed that the family would talk for hours about the Second Coming and that Abi even asked him to leave their home if necessary.
“My answer to them was: Yes, if we were invaded by another country or our lives were in danger, of course I wouldn’t be in my apartment in Phoenix. I would leave – I thought that was what she meant.
“But her convictions continued to deteriorate, to the point where on Monday morning she said, ‘It’s time to go.’”
Blaze’s father described him as “a typical teenager, and he just wants to hang out with friends and talk on the phone” and said his son worked hard to earn a spot on his high school football team and would never go to games yet be played
When he discovered she was missing, he informed Blaze’s father that her “worst nightmare” had come true.
Ben, vice president of international sales at wellness company Plexus Worldwide, said his wife dragged their daughter into her end-of-day conspiracy obsession, which led to Snarr starting to stockpile medical supplies.
Of his wife he added: “She started spending a lot of money on food preparation.”
“She bought a lot of winter gear, even though we live in Arizona.” She bought tents. She believed that the Saints would have to gather in the mountains in the last days and prepared for this.
The family was members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, but Spring’s religious fervor grew when she began attending energy healing sessions.
The mother of two began dreaming about the end of the world, which she believed were prophecies.
At the same time, Hale wrote a two-page will for his children, withdrew $50,000 in cash and began dividing his assets.
Ben feared his wife’s brother could become aggressive, adding: “I’m very worried that my son is in danger and that his uncle could be the attacker if things don’t go right.”
The family is members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, but Blaze “is in no way a supporter” of his mother’s beliefs, his father said
He added that his son never showed any interest in his mother’s conspiracies and he did not believe he would have left voluntarily.
It is believed that Spring expelled him from school under the assumption that he was taken on a birthday trip.
“He is in no way a supporter of anything she has ever believed in,” he said.
“He’s a typical teenager and just wants to hang out with friends and talk on the phone. “He’s on the soccer team and he’s worked so hard to be on that soccer team. They still have games left this season. There was no way he would have taken part.’
The alleged kidnapping occurred after Blaze’s parents decided to separate. However, they still ate dinner and went to church as a family.
It bears eerie similarities to the behavior of doomsday cult mother Lori Vallow, who became obsessed with the apocalypse and brought her children out of state to be with religious fantasist Chad Daybell.