Father at center of abduction scare returns home

Published: May. 11, 2017 at 8:42 AM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2017 at 5:20 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The man who investigators falsely believed to have abducted a woman and her two children has been located.

Randall Foster Sr. had been missing overnight following an urgent 911 call that was made from his house.

Memphis Police Department said it received the 911 call from a 15-year-old around 12:20 a.m. Thursday. When officers arrived, they found an open door, an empty house, and blood on the floor.

Officers said they had reason to believe Catherine Rippe, 37, and her two children, ages 15 and 9 years old, were abducted by Randall Foster Sr., who is also the 9-year-old's father.

However, Rippe and her children returned home safe later Thursday morning. Officers now report that the mother and her children were never abducted; instead, they left on their own free will and were not with Foster, who remained missing until about 2 p.m.

"While we were on the scene here trying to locate them, the mother and the children showed back up," MPD Lt. Karen Rudolph said. "They are not harmed."

A City Watch had been issued for Foster Sr., but it has since been canceled. Foster Sr. arrived at his residence on N. Graham and was taken into custody for evaluation. No criminal charges have been filed at this time.

"It was a lot of stuff going on after what happened last week," Foster's son, Landon, said. "We buried my brother last Friday and it's wearing on him and me."

According to police records, Foster Sr. has a history of domestic violence, which police say his children have witnessed.

"It adds to the stress," Landon Foster said. "You have to think about it. You lose your son, 22 years, it puts a toll on somebody, especially if you're the father."

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