SHORELINE, Wash. — Jeffery Morehouse’s memories are aging. That’s the nature of a seven-year wait.
Morehouse last saw his son, Mochi, on Father’s Day 2010. The boy was 6 at the time. His mother, Morehouse’s estranged wife, then abducted him to Japan where they remain today.
“I have this overwhelming feeling that he’s here somewhere,” Morehouse said. “I just can’t find him.”
Morehouse took the fight to Japanese court, where he says a judge ruled in 2014 that his U.S. custody order has legal effect in Japan. But it was never enforced by the Japanese government or authorities.
Mochi’s story is part of a larger issue of parental abductions overseas. Morehouse helped start Bring Abducted Children Home (BAC Home) in 2011 to help other parents left behind. There are more than 1,000 U.S. children kidnapped each year.
The organization has enlisted the help of politicians in Washington state and…
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