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Smyrna Man in Amber Alert Case Back in Del.

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Cortez A. Hamilton, Sr. (Photo: Indiana State Police) Cortez A. Hamilton, Sr. (Photo: Indiana State Police)
SMYRNA, Del. - Delaware State Police say a Smyrna man arrested in Indiana after he and his two missing children were found, is back in Delaware.

Police say Cortez A. Hamilton, Sr., waived his extradition hearing in Indiana last week and was returned to Delaware on Thursday. Hamilton was arraigned and charged with first-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in default of a $402,000 bond.

Hamilton's children, 4-year-old Colette Hamilton and 4-month-old Cortez Hamilton Jr., were found on January 10 in southwest Indiana after an Amber Alert was sent out for the children and their mother, 35-year-old Keisha Hamilton. Keisha's sister tells WBOC the children are safe and in good hands.

Delaware State Police say a Gold Alert remains active for Keisha Hamilton. State Police along with Keisha's family have organized a search party for Sunday. Family members say anyone wishing to join the search party can come to the Cheswold Fire Station at 8 a.m. Sunday. Police will divide the volunteers up into groups and send them off to different search areas. Police say each volunteer will be asked to sign in at the fire station.

Keisha's sister says the search parties will start in Cheswold, but will mainly focus in and around the area of Keisha's home and then expand outward covering the Smyrna area.

Volunteers are welcome to just "show up" at the fire station on Sunday, but if anyone has any questions they can contact Jannell Foster at fosterjanell@comcast.net.

If anyone has any information on Keisha's whereabouts they are asked to contact Sergeant David L. Weaver at Troop 3 at 302-741-2728.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."
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