Man suspected in abduction of two Miss. girls arrested in Slidell _lowres

Eli Stone Schneider

A man suspected of kidnapping his two young daughters from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, on Tuesday was arrested Wednesday in Slidell during a traffic stop, according to the Slidell Police Department, which was assisting in the hunt for the man.

An Amber Alert had been issued for the two girls, ages 2 and 7, on Tuesday.

They were found Wednesday morning in a motel near Gause Boulevard and Interstate 10, Slidell Police spokesman Daniel Seuzeneau said. But their father, 37-year-old Eli Stone Schneider, remained at large.

Authorities believed Schneider was still in the Slidell area, and the Bay St. Louis police, U.S. marshals and Slidell police were searching for him. He was arrested at 11:40 a.m.

Police were assisted by several tips provided by followers of the Slidell Police Department’s Facebook page, Seuzeneau said.