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A mother accused of kidnapping her 6-year-old son in Texas was found dead along with her child only several hours after being reported missing.
The corpses of Philip Oliver "Ollie" Wiedemann and Candace Harbin, 46, were found in a minivan parked in a Waxahachie, Texas parking garage on Friday evening. The two had gone missing earlier that day, with Ollie's father reporting the disappearance at 9 a.m. It was believed that Harbin, from whom Ollie's father had been estranged, had kidnapped the child.
Police responded to a call about two unresponsive individuals at 6:35 p.m., according to a post from the Waxahachie Police Department Facebook page. The individuals were dead upon arrival and visually identified as the missing duo.
"The Waxahachie Police Department extends our thoughts and prayers to all involved in this tragic situation," the post concludes.
Further details about the nature of the pair's death, including an official cause of death, have not been released. An investigation is ongoing.
Harbin did not have legal custody of Ollie at the time she absconded with him.
The same night of the discovery, more than 100 people gathered for a vigil in Ollie's honor, according to NBCDFW. The crowd somberly sang "Amazing Grace," while candles were lit.
Police departments posting about the missing boy had believed him to be in "imminent danger," according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Earlier posts from the police department indicated that Ollie had last been seen on Thursday in a blue polo shirt, tan shorts, and tan shoes. From the start, police believed he was taken by Harbin, who was driving a white 2012 Nissan Quest minivan.
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