ID LEO ISADOR HIIBEL-CLOUTIER & GENE WILLIAM HECKMAN: Missing from Rathdrum, ID - 31 May 2020 - Ages 6 & 17 *Found Safe*

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Missing Since: May 31, 2020
Missing From: Rathdrum, ID
Age Now: 6
Sex: Male
Race: White
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 4'0"
Weight: 70 lbs
Description: Last seen wearing black corduroy pants, white t-shirt, camouflage hooded jacket and black tennis shoes.

Vehicle Information
Make: Nissan
Year: 2012
Color: Black
Description: **Updated AMBER Alert with vehicle information**
License plate: K616700
License state: ID

The Idaho State Police is looking for a child who was seen in Rathdrum and is believed to be in danger. The child's name is Leo Isador Hiibel-Cloutier. He is a 6 year old, male with black hair and was last seen wearing black corduroy pants, white t-shirt, black tennis shoes, camouflage hooded jacket. Authorities say that the child may be in the company of Mimi Charmayne Hiibel. They may be traveling to either Oklahoma or Nevada. There may also be a 16 year old male child traveling with them. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this child, please contact Idaho State Police or Rathdrum Police Department immediately.

Media - https://www.crimewatchers.net/media...g-from-rathdrum-id-31-may-2020-ages-6-17.519/
 
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According to court documents, 35-year-old Mimi Charmayne Hiibel was found guilty of assault and DUI stemming from a stop in Post Falls in 2015. Her 6-year-old son Leo Isador Hiibel-Cloutier, who is part of the AMBER Alert with his 17-year-old half-brother Gene Heckman, was in the car at the time of the arrest, according to court records.

The Idaho State Police issued an AMBER Alert Thursday for Heckman and Hiibel-Cloutier. Hiibel is believed to be driving a black 2012 Nissan 4-Door with Idaho plate K616700 to either Nevada or Oklahoma.

According to a source, Hiibel used to live in Nevada.

Police said Leo Hiibel-Cloutier, was last seen at about 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 31 at the Super One Foods grocery store in Rathdrum. The Super One Foods used to be used as a place for Hiibel and the boys' father to meet and exchange the kids, according to a source.

Hiibel also had another DUI charge in 2015 in Nez Perce County, according to records.

Rathdrum Police Sgt. Brandon Friis told KREM that the department is getting a lot of tips about the family, and that Hackman is Hiibel-Cloutier's half-brother.
 

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Missing Since: May 31, 2020
Missing From: Rathdrum, ID
Age Now: 17
Sex: Male
Race: White
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Description: ***Update AMBER Alert: Added second child*** Clothing: BLUE JEANS TAN CAHART JACKET TYPE BOOTS
Vehicle Information
Make: Nissan
Year: 2012
Color: Black
Description: **Updated AMBER Alert with vehicle information**
License plate: K616700
License state: ID

The Idaho State Police is looking for a child who was seen in Rathdrum and is believed to be in danger. The child's name is Leo Isador Hiibel-Cloutier. He is a 6 year old, male with black hair and was last seen wearing black corduroy pants, white t-shirt, black tennis shoes, camouflage hooded jacket. Authorities say that the child may be in the company of Mimi Charmayne Hiibel. They may be traveling to either Oklahoma or Nevada. There may also be a 16 year old male child traveling with them. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this child, please contact Idaho State Police or Rathdrum Police Department immediately.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Seems to be a lot missing here. It doesn't say she was not to have the children nor anything like that nor about custody, etc. It mentions DUIS but from like five years ago. Hoping and praying they are safe of course.

She took off with them Sunday May 31. Probably in anticipation of what was coming. But they didn't even take her custody away until Monday June 1.
That and, like you said, the DUI/assault is 5 years ago? Was that the basis they had to take custody away? Five years later?
Soooo...Leo was in her custody for five solid years but suddenly he's in danger?

Yeah either something BIG is missing or this is B.S.
 

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She took off with them Sunday May 31. Probably in anticipation of what was coming. But they didn't even take her custody away until Monday June 1.
That and, like you said, the DUI/assault is 5 years ago? Was that the basis they had to take custody away? Five years later?
Soooo...Leo was in her custody for five solid years but suddenly he's in danger?

Yeah either something BIG is missing or this is B.S.
I wonder if they used the DUI to help make it an Amber Alert? Perhaps since it was a parent, they need to show the kids are in some kind of danger? I know different states have different rules for Amber Alerts. It is interesting too they mention the child last being seen in a store where they normally exchanged custody so was there a willing exchange of custody and she simply did not bring them or him back? I am almost going to guess there is no clear cut visitation order so they can't actually charge her with taking them?

I must have missed that they took away custody on June 1st. Odd.

Idaho, same state two kids of Lori Vallow went missing... Just something I noticed...
 

kdg411

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Seems to be a lot missing here. It doesn't say she was not to have the children nor anything like that nor about custody, etc. It mentions DUIS but from like five years ago. Hoping and praying they are safe of course.
Police believe he was abducted by his non-custodial mother, Mimi Charmayne Hiibel, 35. Hiibel is a white woman with brown hair and green eyes. Hiibel stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs approximately 145 pounds. She has a black tattoo of the letter "J" on the back of her left hand, near her thumb.
 

GrandmaBear

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Police believe he was abducted by his non-custodial mother, Mimi Charmayne Hiibel, 35. Hiibel is a white woman with brown hair and green eyes. Hiibel stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs approximately 145 pounds. She has a black tattoo of the letter "J" on the back of her left hand, near her thumb.

So now the vehicle has been located and does not matter?? Often another thing needed in an Amber Alert is a vehicle. This is odd. The 17 year old probably did not qualify for an Amber Alert at all and quite likely, imo, could go willingly with his mother at that age. This article is using the actual word "abducted". Not that it matters, but the 17 year old can very likely drive as well.

What is missing is how the mother abducted the child? If she was not allowed visitation, how did it happen? If he was last seen where they used to exchange custody/or for visitation, was she on a granted visitation? In which case, she was not forbidden with time with her son. As much as I do not like the DUI with her children in the car, it was five y;ears ago and I fail to see how it applies or at least they don't seem to have explained that.

On the bright side, I always have a lot more hope when children are with a parent or "abducted" by a parent.

Just thoughts.
 

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So now the vehicle has been located and does not matter?? Often another thing needed in an Amber Alert is a vehicle. This is odd. The 17 year old probably did not qualify for an Amber Alert at all and quite likely, imo, could go willingly with his mother at that age. This article is using the actual word "abducted". Not that it matters, but the 17 year old can very likely drive as well.

What is missing is how the mother abducted the child? If she was not allowed visitation, how did it happen? If he was last seen where they used to exchange custody/or for visitation, was she on a granted visitation? In which case, she was not forbidden with time with her son. As much as I do not like the DUI with her children in the car, it was five y;ears ago and I fail to see how it applies or at least they don't seem to have explained that.

On the bright side, I always have a lot more hope when children are with a parent or "abducted" by a parent.

Just thoughts.
Per ID court records for Mimi Hiibel;
2019-09-25 custodial interference
2019-08-18 custodial interference
2015-10-02 DUI
2015-08-09 injury to a child
2014-12-19 injury to a child
2011-07-05 DUI

*(I am perplexed by lack of MSM regarding this case. What stands out is the age difference between the custodial parent & non-custodial parent is 26 years. Whether it is important or not it is still interesting.)
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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But she wasn't his "non-custodial" mother until AFTER she left. I'm not saying it's right or that they aren't in danger. I don't have that info. Just weird. They do this a lot with family abduction cases. A parent with partial custody will flee with the kids, breaking the custody arrangement / custodial interference, and then custody is revoked and warrants are issued for kidnapping. Obviously they have to do that to try to get the kids back.


Police said the big complication is that the court didn't take away the mother's right's until Monday, the day after it happened. Police believe she's heading to Nevada or Oklahoma.

Police also obtained warrants for kidnapping late Wednesday night, which is why the Amber Alert didn't come out until Thursday.
 

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Amber Alert search continues

Woman who allegedly took children has history of scraps with the law

Mimi C. Hiibel’s custody battle in Idaho started five years ago and reached a crescendo this week when the 35-year-old Rathdrum woman faced the loss of her custodial rights.

Police say Hiibel likely took her 6-year-old son, Leo Isador Hiibel-Cloutier, and 17-year-old Gene W. “GW” Hiibel, and left the area prompting an Amber Alert around 2:30 p.m. Thursday by Rathdrum police.

Authorities think Hiibel may be heading to Winnemucca, Nev., where she lived as a child, and has relatives.

Hiibel and the children had not been located by press time Friday. But the car Hiibel was last seen driving was found abandoned in Hayden.

A spokesperson at the Winnemucca Sheriff’s Office said the Hiibel family is well known in the area and authorities there were aware Hiibel may be headed to their northwest Nevada county.

Mimi Hiibel began showing up in Kootenai County court records in 2014 when she was cited for two counts of injury to a child, both of them misdemeanors, and both were dismissed by prosecutors.

She was cited two more times in 2015, also for injury to a child. Both counts were dismissed.

Misdemeanor injury to a child can be charged any time an adult allows a child to be in harm’s way. In one of the 2015 cases, Hiibel was allegedly transporting a child in her car while she was under the influence of alcohol.

The 2015 charges included a DUI, one misdemeanor count of having an open container of alcohol and two counts of assaulting police officers, also misdemeanors.

The charges came about the same time as her custody battle with Robert A. Cloutier, 62, of Rathdrum who is Leo Isador Hiibel-Cloutier’s father. But court records show that Hiibel was already engaged in a custody battle in Winnemucca at the time because of earlier Kootenai County charges.

“She is a single mother and has two children,” a defense attorney told a First District Magistrate Court judge at the 2015 hearings. “She had her kids taken away from her.”

Coeur d’Alene Magistrate James Combo sentenced her to local jail time, 8 hours of community service and made her attend alcohol abuse counseling.

Hiibel told the court in 2015 that she began drinking after her relationship with Cloutier went south.

According to court records, Hiibel had straightened out.

“I love my kids and I will do anything,” she said. “Alcohol won’t affect me anymore.”

Since her 2015 misdemeanor convictions, Hiibel was twice charged with custodial interference. Both of those misdemeanors were also dismissed in First District Court.

Last month, after a report was filed by a court-appointed child guardian, attorneys for Cloutier asked the court for a temporary restraining order against Hiibel and to have her visitation rights taken away.


Hiibel grew up in a large family of nine siblings, mostly in northwestern Nevada. Her father, Dudley, was a rancher best known for his resistance against law enforcement when he was stopped by deputies on a rural road and taken to jail because he would not provide them with his name. The case was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in Hiibel v. Nevada in which the court ruled against Hiibel.
 

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So now the vehicle has been located and does not matter?? Often another thing needed in an Amber Alert is a vehicle. This is odd. The 17 year old probably did not qualify for an Amber Alert at all and quite likely, imo, could go willingly with his mother at that age. This article is using the actual word "abducted". Not that it matters, but the 17 year old can very likely drive as well.

What is missing is how the mother abducted the child? If she was not allowed visitation, how did it happen? If he was last seen where they used to exchange custody/or for visitation, was she on a granted visitation? In which case, she was not forbidden with time with her son. As much as I do not like the DUI with her children in the car, it was five y;ears ago and I fail to see how it applies or at least they don't seem to have explained that.

On the bright side, I always have a lot more hope when children are with a parent or "abducted" by a parent.

Just thoughts.
Even though these kids weren't allowed to be with the mom for a reason, I too feel more hope when it's a parental abduction because those usually end up where the kiddos are okay.
 

GrandmaBear

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Even though these kids weren't allowed to be with the mom for a reason, I too feel more hope when it's a parental abduction because those usually end up where the kiddos are okay.
More often they do for sure. I also sometimes go by if they have killed anyone thus far. If they killed say the mother and the grandmother or something and then disappeared with the child, I worry more. In this case, no one has been hurt nor killed so I have a lot more hope than in some. Like you said usually it ends better. I agree. The odds are far more in their favor with a parent abduction than a stranger abduction.
 

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Court docs: Mom in Amber Alert case may have been spotted in Kansas

The mother accused of kidnapping her son in North Idaho may have been spotted as far away as Kansas and now faces federal charges, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors are charging Mimi Charmayne Hiibel with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.



According to the complaint, a state judge in Idaho awarded sole custody of her 6-year old son to the child’s father on May 27th. Two days later, the judge modified the order to give Hiibel two hours of unsupervised visits with the child each day. The parents were to exchange the boy at the Super One Foods in Rathdrum.

The child’s father dropped him off at 8:00 am on May 30th with Hiibel’s 17-year old son. He did not see Hiibel and didn’t see what vehicle they got into. Hiibel dropped the child off two hours later without incident.

The next day, they met again at the Super One for the same purpose and, again, the child’s father did not see Hiibel or what car they got into. Court documents say the teenage boy told 6-year old’s father they may be late coming back because they were going to mass. When the child’s father returned to the Super One, the children and Hiibel were not there. They have not been seen since.



Police contacted the teenage boy’s biological father on June 2nd and he said he hadn’t heard from his son in several months. He also told police that when the boy was five years old, Hiibel took him during a visitation and fled the state. He said it took more than a year to find Hiibel and his son.

Police talked to a priest at the Immaculate Conception Church/homeschooling program who confirmed both boys had been attending the school until Hiibel withdrew them the previous week. The priest said he advised Hiibel to follow the custody orders and said that, in the past, Hiibel made threats to withdraw the children and leave.

Court documents say a friend of Hiibel’s also said she commented that she was thinking about taking the children and leaving.



The same day, a friend of Hiibel’s called police and said he lent Hiibel his car when hers broke down. He thought she would return the Nissan Versa the same day, but he hasn’t heard from her since.

June 2nd, a license plate reader picked up the car traveling on Interstate 70 near Grand Junction, Colorado. It was spotted the next day at the Kansas-Colorado line and, later that day, it was spotted again near Witchita.
 

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Court docs: Mom in Amber Alert case may have been spotted in Kansas

The mother accused of kidnapping her son in North Idaho may have been spotted as far away as Kansas and now faces federal charges, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors are charging Mimi Charmayne Hiibel with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.



According to the complaint, a state judge in Idaho awarded sole custody of her 6-year old son to the child’s father on May 27th. Two days later, the judge modified the order to give Hiibel two hours of unsupervised visits with the child each day. The parents were to exchange the boy at the Super One Foods in Rathdrum.

The child’s father dropped him off at 8:00 am on May 30th with Hiibel’s 17-year old son. He did not see Hiibel and didn’t see what vehicle they got into. Hiibel dropped the child off two hours later without incident.

The next day, they met again at the Super One for the same purpose and, again, the child’s father did not see Hiibel or what car they got into. Court documents say the teenage boy told 6-year old’s father they may be late coming back because they were going to mass. When the child’s father returned to the Super One, the children and Hiibel were not there. They have not been seen since.



Police contacted the teenage boy’s biological father on June 2nd and he said he hadn’t heard from his son in several months. He also told police that when the boy was five years old, Hiibel took him during a visitation and fled the state. He said it took more than a year to find Hiibel and his son.

Police talked to a priest at the Immaculate Conception Church/homeschooling program who confirmed both boys had been attending the school until Hiibel withdrew them the previous week. The priest said he advised Hiibel to follow the custody orders and said that, in the past, Hiibel made threats to withdraw the children and leave.

Court documents say a friend of Hiibel’s also said she commented that she was thinking about taking the children and leaving.



The same day, a friend of Hiibel’s called police and said he lent Hiibel his car when hers broke down. He thought she would return the Nissan Versa the same day, but he hasn’t heard from her since.

June 2nd, a license plate reader picked up the car traveling on Interstate 70 near Grand Junction, Colorado. It was spotted the next day at the Kansas-Colorado line and, later that day, it was spotted again near Witchita.
Well there is a bit more detail as far as what happened. Thanks for this update.
 

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Two children who were the subject of an AMBER Alert last week have been found safe, the Rathdrum Police Department says.

In a post on the department's Facebook page, officers say 6-year-old Leo Hiibel-Cloutier and 17-year-old Gene W. “GW.” Heckman "were located and are safe."

Mimi Hiibel, the children's non-custodial mother, was taken into custody. The three were found in Lawrence, Kansas by the FBI.

Officers, along with the FBI, are working to reunite the two children with their fathers, police say.
 

GrandmaBear

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Two children who were the subject of an AMBER Alert last week have been found safe, the Rathdrum Police Department says.

In a post on the department's Facebook page, officers say 6-year-old Leo Hiibel-Cloutier and 17-year-old Gene W. “GW.” Heckman "were located and are safe."

Mimi Hiibel, the children's non-custodial mother, was taken into custody. The three were found in Lawrence, Kansas by the FBI.

Officers, along with the FBI, are working to reunite the two children with their fathers, police say.
Always great to hear children are located and safe. Great news.
 

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