Missing boys: Police believe father, a sex offender, took Ransom brothers from Las Cruces daycare

LAS CRUCES – Police are asking for the public’s help locating two young Las Cruces brothers who have not been seen since Oct. 8.

Las Cruces police report Maverick Ransom, 3, and Orion Ransom, 4, were last seen Oct. 8 with their father, 52-year-old Clarence Michael Ransom, when he picked them up from a Las Cruces daycare center.

Police report they have reason to believe the father may have traveled to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the same day and returned to the United States the following day. Police do not know if he took his sons with him.

Clarence Michael Ransom, who is a non-registered sex offender and goes by the name Michael Ransom, police report, is 5-foot-11 and weighs approximately 195 pounds. He was last seen driving a silver 2013 Toyota Camry with temporary tags. His last known address is an apartment at 2250 E. Missouri Ave., in Las Cruces.

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Maverick and Orion are both about 3-foot-6 and each weighs approximately 30 pounds.

Police report Ransom and his estranged wife share custody of their sons. However, on Oct. 8, Ransom retrieved the two boys from the daycare center they attend and gave no notification of his intentions to travel with the children.

Clarence Michael Ransom (Photo: Las Cruces Police Department)

A nationwide warrant has been issued for Ransom’s arrest. The warrant charges Ransom with failure to register as a sex offender and non-compliance with a custodial agreement.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Maverick and Orion Ransom, or Clarence Michael Ransom, is asked to call police immediately at 575-526-0795. Persons outside of Las Cruces with information on their whereabouts can also contact their local police department or simply dial 911.

The case does not as yet meet the criteria for an Amber Alert, police stated.

“The father does not pose a threat and it is not believed he would cause physical harm to them. He also has parental rights to them,” LCPS Spokesman Dan Trujillo wrote in an email to the Sun-N