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90 Day Fiancé's Paul Staehle Says He and Son, 3, Aren't Missing amid Alleged Custody Dispute

People logo People 7/2/2022 Glenn Garner

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Paul Staehle is returning home after an alleged misunderstanding with Child Protective Services.

The 90 Day Fiancé alum, 39, was reported missing along with his 3-year-old son Pierre Martins, by CPS last month in Louisville, Ky. However the reality star told TMZ on Saturday that they were never missing and had merely been on a long work trip.

Louisville Metro Police Department tells PEOPLE that they took a missing person's report on June 9 and have since assigned the case – which is "considered an open and active investigation" – to their Missing Persons Unit.

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Since they embarked on their road trip, CPS has taken custody of Paul and ex-wife Karine Martins' 16-month-old son Ethan Martins, who had been staying with Staehle's mother. CPS did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Staehle told TMZ that he's been traveling between Pennsylvania and Florida since early June, looking for work and that he brought Pierre with him because the child suffers from severe separation anxiety. He said that upon returning home, he plans to regain custody of his children.

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Martins, who is from Brazil, shared that she's "doing well" in a statement written in Portuguese, which she posted Saturday on her Instagram Story. She notified her more than 451,000 followers that she would soon provide an update in an Instagram Live.

She previously filed a protective order against Staehle in Aug. 2020, claiming that she "feared for my life and my son's life" and needed to be "rescued from an environment that no longer was healthy for none of us involved in the situation."

Staehle denied harming his wife at the time, expressing on his Instagram Story that he was "scared" and "really upset" after she left with their child. He added in police footage that he has Martins "on camera assaulting me."

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The pair made their debut on season 1 of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days in 2017, before returning for season 2.

They also appeared on the spin-offs 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way and Happily Ever After?. After tying the knot in 2017, they began divorce proceedings in Nov. 2019.

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