Two North Carolina teens abducted from their home Monday night by their uncle were found safe Tuesday in St. James Parish after they were rescued by Louisiana troopers, State Police said

The 15-year-old boy and his 13-year-old sister were found unharmed, traveling in a truck with their uncle, Jose Melchor, of Clemmons, North Carolina, who planned to take them out of the country, a State Police news release said.

The search for the teens began in Louisiana about 10 p.m. Monday after State Police were notified by the Winston-Salem Police Department about the abduction.

State Police investigators believed Melchor was traveling west on Interstate 10 through the New Orleans area, possibly heading to Mexico, the State Police news release said.

Troopers took positions along the interstate and found the group traveling in a 2004 Nissan pickup near the St. James/St. John the Baptist parish line.

Melchor was booked into St. James Parish Jail on two felony counts of child abduction and is awaiting extradition to North Carolina, the news release said.

The children were taken to a safe location and plans were being made Tuesday to reunite them with their family, State Police said.