Washington police investigate two reported sightings of missing Georgia brothers


by Kaitlin Riordan / KMOV.com


Posted on December 28, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 28 at 10:35 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- An Amber Alert has been issued for two young brothers from Georgia who went missing while on vacation. Officials believe the boys may have been taken to the St. Louis metro area.

The brothers, 9-year-old Ben Cleary and 7-year-old Henry Cleary, were last seen  Sunday while on vacation in Tennessee. Police believe the boys were taken by a man who may be their father, 46-year-old Daniel Cleary.

Washington, Missouri police received two reported sightings of the brothers and their father Friday. One report alleged the missing children had been seen at a gas station in town. 

Upon investigating surveillance footage, authorities determined the individuals reported were not the missing children or their father. 

A second sighting, which police have not disclosed details on, is still being investigated. Police say there are active patrols in the area searching for the family. 

Daniel Cleary was driving a silver 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee with temporary Georgia plate number 10742627. Police believe he may take the children to other spots including Reno or Tahoe, Nevada, or Deltona, Florida. They also believe they will be in or pass through the St. Louis metro area.

Ben is 56 inches tall, weights 66 pounds, has medium length brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a light blue winter vest. He also has a six-inch scar on the back of his hamstring.

Henry is 53 inches tall, weighs 60 pounds, has medium length brown hair and green eyes. He was also wearing a light blue winter vest the last time he was seen. He may also go by the name Daniel and has a scar on his right index finger.

Daniel Cleary is about 6-feet tall, weighs 220 pounds, has medium length gray hair and brown eyes.