A BOY who vanished 12 years ago has been found after reportedly killing his “abusive” dad who abducted him.
Anthony Templet was just five when he disappeared with his father from their home in Houston, Texas in 2007.
Now 17, he was finally traced by cops in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after allegedly shooting Burt Templet dead earlier this month.
The teenager has been arrested and charged with manslaughter.
Cops said a domestic dispute between the pair ended with the elder Templet being shot three times, including once in the head.
But Templet’s sister Natasha insists he acted in self-defence after enduring years of abuse at the hands of their dad.
Natasha, who has not seen her brother since he vanished, told WAFB: “After 11 years of waiting to hear if my brother was still alive, he is found.
“He has been secluded and abused all these years by his own father. My brave brother had to defend himself for the last time against that evil man.”
The sister said her dad “snatched” Templet from their home.
She added: “Burt and my mum were together for about ten years and it was extremely violent.
“I can only imagine what Anthony’s been through. When he was a baby, Burt would hold him in his arms while abusing my mother.”
Templet told police that he shot his dad after he got drunk and started to fight him.
He reportedly then grabbed two handguns and shot Burt three times before dialling 911.
Burt was charged with assault three times between 2001 and 2002.
His wife filed for a protective order shortly before he vanished in his red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, taking Anthony with him.
A jury could upgrade the teen’s manslaughter charge to murder.
But they could also rule that he acted in self-defence, which could see him walk free.