Two Fort Wayne children found dead in Elkhart after Amber Alert

Posted at 12:51 PM, Sep 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 08:37:26-04

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The 7-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy named in a statewide Amber Alert in Indiana Monday have been found dead, police said. 

Liliana Hernandez and Rene Pasztor were last seen at about 6:21 a.m. Monday in Fort Wayne. At the time of the Amber Alert, the Allen County sheriff believed their mother, 29-year-old Amber Pasztor, had likely abducted them from their grandfather. The grandfather was the legal custodian of the children.

At about 5:30 p.m. Monday, police said Amber approached an officer walking out of the Elkhart Police Department to tell him there were two dead children inside her gold Mercury Mystique.

Police have since charged Amber with two counts of murder.

Investigators said the children are believed to be Liliana and Rene, but a formal identification process is underway. Authorities are also trying to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the children’s death.

The Elkhart Police Department is also trying to find a man named Frank Macomber, who they said may have additional information on the case.

Amber was believed to be with Macomber, 65, and the two were previously seen together with the children in that 1999 Mercury Mystique earlier in the day in Auburn, Ind. It’s not clear what the relationship is between Pasztor and Macomber.

Police went to Macomber’s home Monday evening, but it is unclear what they are looking for. At this point in the investigation, detectives from the Elkhart Police Department Homicide Unit are working with detectives from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department Homicide unit.