At 14 months, Bartels was kidnapped from the family's Rockford-area home by a man who demanded $100,000. The kidnapper left him alone in the woods.â†µ
Friends, family members, police officers and volunteers from the Bartels' church took part in the search. Regional FBI agents happened to be in town because of a golf outing. After 12 hours, a sheriff's deputy shined his flashlight in the direction of a duffel bag and saw the little boy's arms.