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Authorities find vehicle used by missing AL teen's family

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Ailane Mariz Lander (Source: AL Dept. of Public Safety) Ailane Mariz Lander (Source: AL Dept. of Public Safety)
Ailane Mariz Lander (Source: AL Dept. of Public Safety) Ailane Mariz Lander (Source: AL Dept. of Public Safety)
Charles Partin Charles Partin
DOTHAN, AL (WTVM) -

Dothan police say the mother of a missing teenager is now believed to be assisting in the girl's alleged abduction by the youth's stepfather.  They're asking for the public's help in finding her and her mother, Julie Bethke.

Authorities say 15-year-old Ailene Mariz Lander was kidnapped by her stepfather Monday from DHR custody at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan.

The DHR worker had taken Lander to a doctor's appointment at the medical center when the worker and Lander were approached by the girl's stepfather, 36-year-old Charles Partin. He's known to friends as Dean Partin.

Partin took the girl to an older two-tone light blue over dark blue 1994 Mercury Villager van Alabama tag #34B26K3 or #38D18W2 and left the parking lot.

As of Thursday, the two-tone light blue over dark blue 1994 Mercury Villager older model Van with tag LIC/38D18W2  VMA/MERC VYR/1994 VMO/VILLAGER or LIC/34B26K3
VMA/MERC VYR/1994 VMO/VILLAGER has been located and is no longer being used by the suspect.

Authorities say the suspect may now be driving a blue, green or blue/green Toyota minivan. 

Partin and Lander have not been seen since leaving the medical center. Lander was last seen wearing a white see-through shirt and pink gym shorts. Partin was last seen wearing a baseball cap, dark colored shirt and dark jeans.

Sources that claim to know the teen say Lander is pregnant; however, authorities will not go on record with that information. Lander is currently legally under the care of DHR for unspecified reasons due to an ongoing investigation.

If you have any information you are urged to call law enforcement immediately.

Police say Partin and Bethke are believed to be with Lander and the girl's five other siblings. They consider all the children to be endangered. It's believed the family maybe headed to Mexico.

FBI agents are assisting in this case. For more information, please visit the AL Department of Public Safety's website.

Count on News Leader 9 for the latest developments in this case.

Copyright 2012 WTVM. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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