I'm curious what my American friends think about this whole bizarre case. Maybe you've heard it on the news already.
They just caught the suspect:
In short, boy goes missing from his family home in the middle of the night. Police issue an Amber alert for the boy and then an alert for this Hopley guy (who looks pretty guilty of anything) but he does not have any connection to the family and the police don't have any evidence so he is not a suspect. He becomes a suspect eventually. He does have a criminal record but not as a sexual predator but there is some debate as to whether he should be but some charges have been made and dropped in the past.
911 gets an anonymous tip to check the family house and they find the boy unharmed on the couch.