Missing NJ woman abducted with toddler found dead in Tennessee; 2-year-old safe

MONTEREY, Tenn. — The New Jersey woman abducted with her 2-year-old son by the boy’s father was found dead in a small Tennessee town Saturday, multiple media outlets reported.

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Yasemin Uyar, 24, was a doting mother who struggled in an abusive relationship, her mother, Karen Uyar, told NJ Advance Media on Saturday before her daughter’s body was located.

Karen Uyar then confirmed Yasemin Uyar’s death to the outlet Sunday morning, before sharing a tribute to her daughter on Facebook.

“While my family grieves the loss of Yasemin please remember she wasn’t just a (domestic violence) victim,” Karen Uyar wrote, adding, “She was a daughter, sister, mother, aunt and cousin. Her life will be celebrated as her greatest gift to this world.”

Meanwhile, 27-year-old Tyler Rios is awaiting extradition to New Jersey after being arrested Saturday for kidnapping Yasemin Uyar and their 2-year-old son, Sebastian Rios, triggering an Amber Alert, News 12 New York reported.

According to the TV station, Rios was located by sheriff’s deputies early Saturday hiding out in a Tennessee motel room, but he later led authorities to Uyar’s body in a wooded area of Monterey, Tennessee.

The child was found unharmed, NJ Advance Media reported.

Karen Uyar told News 12 New York that Rios, who was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to choking her daughter in 2018, had been increasingly violent toward the mother of their child, who obtained a restraining order against him in 2020.

“The reality is, it’s a piece of paper,” Nicole Morella, with the NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence, told the TV station.

“We have a huge challenge in this state of making sure restraining orders are enforced when they’re violated,” Morella added.