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Police: Kentucky father kidnaps 2 sons, crosses border to Mexico

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A messy divorce has turned into an international manhunt. 

Police said a Kentucky father is on the run in Mexico with his two young children and a massive effort is underway to bring the kids home.

Maria Olguin was visibly shaking and sobbing Tuesday, saying she feared the worst.

"He took my children," she said. She hasn't seen the the kids since Friday.

"Ask for help, please," said Olguin, hoping her two sons will see the reports of their disappearance. "We're waiting for you and love you and we're looking for you to come back home to us."

Police said Olgiun's husband, Edgar Gutierrez took their 10-year-old son Alex, and 6-year-old son Ethan to Hidalgo, Mexico, 2,000 miles away from their La Grange home. Olguin said her kids have never been to Mexico and don't even speak Spanish. 

Police said Gutierrez was supposed to bring the kids back to a local McDonald's Sunday afternoon and return them to their older sister. He called asking for four more hours and never arrived.

"We don't know how he crossed the border," said Major Bruce Goodfleisch of the La Grange Police Department. "He did not use a customs crossing point."

"Our detectives spoke to him and also with the two children," Maj. Goodfleisch said.

Agents from the FBI, Interpol and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol are all in on the search.

"We want him to have his day in court," Maj. Goodfleisch said. "There are two sides to every story. We've got one side. We'd like to hear his side."

The couple is locked in a bitter divorce. Gutierrez only has weekend visitation twice a month. After 20 years of marriage, Olguin took the younger kids and two adult girls and moved to a women's shelter.

"Friends are helping him there because he is making up stories," Olguin said. "He 's saying that we are lying. We're not lying. We asked for help. We cried for help here because we were being abused."

WDRB obtained a domestic violence protection order from 2014 filed in Oldham County. In it, Olguin feared a kidnapping . She wrote, "I'm terrified he'll take the little two children to Mexico. He has threatened to do this before."

One of the kids older sister, Eunice Gutierrez said, "We want to put the word out there even on Mexican television. Know that they're down there, know that what he's doing is wrong and that he took them."

For now, police say they believe the kids are safe -- but it could be some time before they're home with their mother again.

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