Boy returns from New Zealand
by: Submitted photo, Marc Marenco

A Washington County mother and son, who had been separated since December 2010, were reunited Tuesday after the boy returned to the United States. His father was arrested on a felony warrant of custodial interference.

Marc Marenco, 59, was arrested Tuesday at San Francisco International Airport on the warrant, issued out of Washington County, which stems from a February 2011 court ruling that awarded sole custody of the son to his biological mother. At the time of the order, the son was in New Zealand with Marenco, who traveled there with his son in December 2010, allegedly in violation of an earlier custodial agreement.

Beaverton Police Department detectives investigated the case and presented evidence to a Washington County grand jury, which issued an indictment against Marenco for custodial interference, said Officer Mike Rowe, public information officer with the Beaverton Police Department.

A New Zealand Court also ruled in the mother's favor and ordered Marenco and his son to return to the U.S. They arrived Tuesday, and San Francisco police took Marenco into custody. He is being held in California awaiting transfer back to Oregon.

The boy's mother took a plane flight to San Francisco and reunited with her son at the airport after the boy cleared U.S. Customs.

A range of law enforcement and governmental agencies assisted Beaverton police, including Interpol, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Washington County District Attorney's Office, the Forest Grove Police Department and several others.

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