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News Release
Dexter Hinson
Dexter Hinson
Vancouver Police Seek Assistance in Familial Child Abduction (Photo) - 09/16/23

Angelina Hinson is the mother of Dexter (7) and Braxton (15) Hinson. As September 2023, lawful custody of Angelina’s children has been awarded entirely to their father. Angelina has no claim to guardianship of either child and a protection order is in place barring her from contacting them. On 9/15/23, it’s believed Angelina abducted her two children from outside their school in Vancouver, Washington. She was aided by her romantic partner, Joel Long. There is now an open Kidnapping and Custodial Interference investigation into Joel Long and Angelina Hinson (respectively) and both children are considered missing persons. There is currently no articulable risk of imminent danger to either child, or to the community, but efforts are underway to locate them. 

Recent photographs of Angelina, Joel, Braxton and Dexter are attached. They may be associated with a Chevy Sonic bearing WA plate BXZ0985 or a dark gray Hyundai Elantra with dealer temporary plates. The attached photographs depict the children in the clothing from the day of their abduction. Angelina and Joel’s clothing is unknown, but they are likely making efforts to avoid detection. 

Angelina June Hinson - 40yo white female. 5'3" 170 pounds, brown hair, bleached blonde hair.

Joel Matthew Long - 39yo white male. 5'10" 180 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes.

Dexter Hinson - 7yo white male, approx 4'6", green eyes and brown hair

Braxton Hinson - 15yo white male, approx 5'4", brown eyes and brown hair

If you have any information related to Braxton and Dexter’s whereabouts, please contact Det. Jason Nicholson ( or Sgt. Julie Ballou (

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