The Louisville Metro Police Department confirmed to In Touch that the missing person’s report was taken out for Pierre, 3, on June 9. It is considered an open and active investigation at the time of publication.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children put out an alert for the 3-year-old, noting the toddler was last seen on June 8. The post included a photo of Paul, mentioning that the toddler may be in the company of his father.
Following the alarming report, Paul, 39, shared a cryptic message on his Instagram Story. “If two parents have their kids taken, the grandparents or [a] relative should be allowed to have temporary custody,” the Kentucky native wrote on Friday, July 1. “To ban the grandparents from the children as well as the natural parents is very sad.”
90 Day Fiancé blogger John Yates spoke to Paul following Pierre’s missing person’s alert, and the TLC alum claimed he was at the courthouse petitioning for custody of his children. Paul shares sons Pierre and Ethan, 1, with Karine.
John said via an Instagram Live session on July 1 that Paul previously won full custody of his children back in December, but according to Paul, “both of his kids are up for adoption right now.”
“Karine called into the courts that Paul was trying to murder her,” John alleged, after prefacing that this is all Paul’s version of events. “When that happened, the judge got pissed off and took the kids away from both Paul and Karine and even Paul’s mom.”
Following Paul’s statement, Karine shared her own message on social media. “There was some news in the last few days about Karine, her kids and ex-husband. I would like to communicate that Karine is doing well and doing everything she was guided to by the law,” the Brazilian native wrote via her Instagram Story, which was translated into English from her native language of Portuguese on Saturday, July 2.
“She would like to thank everyone for the support and strength her fans who follow her have given to her,” the statement continued. “For last we would like to let you know very soon Karine will speak on her social media, she will do a [Instagram] live to tranquilize everyone who follows her through the years.”
In Touch has reached out to Karine and Paul but did not hear back by the time of publication.